Arce repeals amnesty decree and asks that responsibilities for the events of 2019 be accelerated

President Luis Arce this Tuesday, at the presentation of the report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI-Bolivia) on the violence of the 2019 crisis, declared that the Plurinational Legislative Assembly must speed up the processes of responsibilities and announced the repeal of the Supreme Decree 4461, which granted amnesty to the “politically persecuted” of the MAS.

The president also reiterated that the state would dismantle all paramilitary and vigilante groups in the country.

In his speech, the head of state called for “forgiveness” on the 2019 victims, claiming that the GIEI report was evidence that there was a “coup d’état” in 2019.

The President assured that the state would follow the recommendations of the GIEI and that the establishment of a monitoring commission and a victim count would be promoted.

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The GIEI made 36 recommendations to the state aimed at repairing the damage, seeking justice, and changing the institutional framework of the judiciary so that events like the one in 2019 do not recur.

Arce confirmed that Supreme Decree 4461, issued February 2 this year, will be repealed to comply with these recommendations. This norm granted an amnesty “on humanitarian grounds” to persons who were processed by the government of Jeanine Áñez in 2019. Most of the amnesties were supporters of the MAS, who were accused of generating violence in the events of 2019.

Arce also affirmed that “we will deconstruct any parapolice organization” that was created in parallel with the state. In his speech he referred to the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista and the Resistencia Juvenil Cochala (RJC).

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He also called on the ALP “to approve the ruling on the responsibilities for establishing the authorship, the responsibilities and the sanctions for these human rights violations as quickly as possible”.

In the ALP there are at least two applications for criminal prosecution of the former President Jeanine Áñez, who is currently in custody for an alleged “coup d’état” in 2019.

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