Through the Organization of American States (OAS), the Committee for Santa Cruz is trying to put former President Evo Morales in the chair of the defendant of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague; former Vice President Álvaro García Linera; and at least three former ministers face more than 20 charges, including crimes against humanity, genocide, terrorism, deportation, unlawful detention, torture and persecution.
Lawyers Jorge Valda and Martín Camacho reported this Monday that the ruling came after the ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court of Justice), which found that indefinite re-election is not a human right and is in violation of the American Convention and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.
“We are filing a criminal complaint with the International Criminal Court through the OAS. To that end, all of this evidence will be presented to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro over the 14 years of criminal activity committed by Evo Morales.” informed attorney Camacho.
For his part, Valda made it clear to the ANF that the initiative is based on the commitments made at the meeting of representatives of the Committee for Santa Cruz with Luis Almagro when they traveled to Washington DC, USA some time ago. He also said that in its last statement, confirming that there had been irregularities in Bolivia’s 2019 elections, the OAS stated that the “path” was the ICC.
He said it was certain that the OAS secretary would file a complaint with the ICC even though there was no commitment or formal announcement yet; But he said they will provide Almagro with documentary evidence of alleged criminal acts and human rights abuses that occurred during Morales’ 14-year government.
“The crimes for which Evo Morales and former authorities are denounced against humanity, blatant violations, murder, genocide, terrorism, deportation, unlawful detention, torture, persecution for political or racial reasons; in addition to the enforced disappearance of persons, more than 20 causes, ”he explained.
The main participants would be Evo Morales, Álvaro García Linera, Juan Ramón Quintana, Carlos Romero, Héctor Arce and other members of the Morales government.
Lawyer Camacho urged the alleged victims to join the “cause” and give testimony in order to reinforce the announced international lawsuit.
“We demand the victims, the relatives of the dead, injured, tortured, political prisoners, politically persecuted, for example the President of the Departmental Assembly of Santa Cruz, Branko MarinkoviÄ, Dr. Eidy Roca, former health minister, on ex-president Jeanine Añez and others, “said Camacho.
Valda reiterated that it doesn’t matter how long the task should take, but the purpose is to hold the President responsible for the alleged crimes he has committed during his administration.