Edmundo Novillo:

Defense Minister Edmundo Novillo arrived in Cochabamba after presenting the report of the Interdisciplinary Group of International Experts (GIEI), which contains 11 conclusions and more than 45 recommendations for the Bolivian state, civil society and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

More than one point to the Bundeswehr, for example Recommendation No. 19: “Adjust norms, procedures and structures of the police and Bundeswehr in order to strengthen them as essential institutions of the democratic constitutional state. These institutions must be subject to civil violence and subject to internal and external controls and rules of transparency and accountability.

Novillo points out that normative adjustments are being worked on within the military institution, but not only on the basis of the recommendation of the GIEI, but because an adjustment to the political constitution of the state is necessary.

What adjustments are being made in the armed forces as recommended by the GIEI?

Well, not necessarily based on the GIEI’s recommendations. In the purely military area and in the institution of the armed forces, there is a whole proposal, an adaptation and change of the regulations, especially taking into account the promulgation of the political constitution of the plurinational state in 2009.

That means, it is a norm to which the organic law of the armed forces has to be adapted and all other regulations of the military field have to be adapted again, this has to be a task, but it is not necessarily in the scope of what the military means.

Where is the report pointing to?

Above all, the GIEI recommends – as I understand it – to work on the field of transformation of the judiciary from the structural framework so that justice is above all reliable and not only for the political class, but for all citizens.

In this context, I believe that this work must be carried out very profoundly, but it also has its shortcomings, the area of ​​the judiciary is complex. In this context, through the Ministry of Justice, through the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, the Ministry of Justice itself, from the professions, the law schools, the same actors; Indeed, academics, we must all take part in the adjustments, changes and reforms that the judicial system requires, since we all strive for impartial justice, a judiciary that can guarantee the citizen his rights in the form that has been established, that is Legality and justice.

Is this happening in the Bundeswehr by changing the LOFA?

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Not so much as a reform, but above all as an adjustment to the Political Constitution of the Plurinational State (CPE), because the Organic Law of the Armed Forces (LOFA) was passed before the CPE and must be adapted to it and many regulations in the Plurinational State. In the institutions they can have this problem and (due to the) sensitivity in the Bundeswehr this may not be addressed, but it must be addressed and those of the same (high) command (the army) are ready and must have proposed this work we perform.

Are you doing it already?

We are with suggestions and suggestions. We are looking for the best mechanism that guarantees the involvement of military leaders, lawmakers and experts in military legislation in order to reach consensus and not arouse questions, vulnerabilities or suspicions about the political objectives of our work. but should strengthen the institutionalization of the armed forces, the framework of which is the political constitution of the state.


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Following the presentation of the report by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), Defense Minister Edmundo Novillo said that the High Command of the Armed Forces “should not have complied with Supreme Decree 4078 (of 2019) aimed at bringing an unconstitutional government into power hold – to suppress with force “.

The agency said the top decree produced an entire plan of repression that resulted in the deaths of Sacaba and Senkata, who “calls it a more serious massacre than extrajudicial summary executions.”

Arrested military seeks a “new coup”

Defense Minister Edmundo Novillo said the military’s statements, processed over the deaths recorded in November 2019, claiming they were “feeling abandoned”, have a message to usher in a “new coup”.

“The military who have committed misconduct, who are unpatriotic, who shot their people, have the right to defend themselves, they have the means to defend themselves. What you need to see is due process, you need to see these processes are within the law. I think that deep down there is a message from these bad soldiers who, in some way, want to get the armed forces to generate another coup and that cannot happen, ”he said in an interview.


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