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Friday, December 6, 2019

Deputies approve law of guarantees against repression in Bolivia



La Paz, Dec 6 - The Chamber of Deputies approved on Friday the Law of Democratic Guarantees that President Jeanine Añez intends to block, in the middle of a repressive climate and despite a critical UN report on human rights in Bolivia.

The law was passed this morning, after a 13-hour debate, with the votes of the majority Movement to Socialism (MAS), of former President Evo Morales, forced to resign by a wave of opposition violence and under pressure from military commanders.

The project, according to its authors, aims to preserve the rights of parliamentarians and social leaders, subject to persecution, harassment and criminalization by the government and related media and the repression unleashed after the resignation of Morales, on November 10.

The law provides for the freedom of detainees for participating in peaceful demonstrations, respect for freedom of expression, amid complaints of censorship, and that the criminalization of the dissemination of images of protests and repressive operations cease.

It also determines that in order to judge those who perform or have held the presidency, the vice-presidency and high judicial positions, the law of responsibility judgment is established, which establishes a special procedure and is granted safe-conduct to asylum seekers.

The de facto government and the right-wing parliamentary minority allege that the law is not necessary because the guarantees it provides are contained in the Constitution and maintain that the law seeks impunity for Morales and members of his government, who cover accusations that go as far as imputing terrorism.

The rule was pending approval by the Senate, where the MAS has an absolute majority, but the new Minister of the Presidency, YerkoNuñez, confirmed that Añez will veto it for not being necessary, in which case the parliament has the power to modify it or ratify it and put it into effect.

In that context, a report of the mission of the United Nations Organization (UN), known here today, records facts that, in the opinion of the group, 'could constitute serious human rights violations,' regarding the killings of Sacaba and Senkata, against protesters opposed to the overthrow of Morales.(PL)