GIEI has completed its report and the government is proceeding with sanctions

Eilson Aguilar

After eight weeks of work by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) in Bolivia between 2020 and 2021, the report on the events between September and December 2019 will be published this Tuesday, strengthening the processes against the former interim President Jeanine Áñez and former authorities.

Through his Twitter account, Executive Secretary of the GIEI-Bolivia, Jaime Vidal Melero, reported that the fact-finding mission will release its final report this Tuesday on the violence that occurred during the 2019 crisis following the resignation of the former president.

“On Tuesday, August 17th, the #GIEIBoliviaBandera de Bolivia will hold its press conference to disseminate the results of the report and through August 21st, a series of meetings with victims’ associations in: La Paz, Senkata, Cochabamba and Sacaba, Sucre , Potosí. initiate, Montero (2) ”, he points out through his account.

According to the set schedule, the public start will take place on August 17th from 3:30 p.m. in the Hotel Atix in La Paz.

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Two activities are scheduled for August 18th in Senkata at 10:30 am and in Sucre at 5:00 pm.

On August 19th, the expert group will be in Sacaba, Huayllani Bridge at 11 am and in Potosí at 12 pm.

Finally, on August 20th in Montero at noon.

The organization says it will prioritize the entrance of the victims and their families, and that it will be half an hour in advance, it plans to install speakers in front of the Senkata Church for people who do not enter.

The GIEI-Bolivia started its activities in the week of November 23-29 with meetings with national authorities and with victims from Senkata (city of El Alto), Pedregal and Chasquipampa. In the second week, from November 30th to December 6th, they met with the prosecutor Juan Lanchipa and with the victims of the ambush in Vila Vila, Potosí.

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During the eighth week, January 23-30 of this year, he received testimonies in the cities of Santa Cruz and Montero, as well as in La Paz.

Trials of Áñez

The GIEI report is being used by the government for the prosecution to include in the indictment against former President Jeanine Áñez, who was accused of “genocide” by those who died in the conflicts following the 2019 elections.

Last March, Justice Minister Iván Lima assured in advance that the GIEI would issue a report “that does not contradict what the State Ministry is doing”.

The day before, the President’s spokesman, Jorge Ritcher, assured that the government would close this issue and initiate proceedings against those responsible.

“What this document tells us, we will accept and conclude this chapter with the proposed responsibilities. We will close this chapter because we cannot have the victims indefinitely and give them a final state response, ”he said.

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