IACHR urges Bolivia to disseminate the Truth Commission report throughout society

The President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Rapporteur on Memory, Truth and Justice, Antonia Urrejola Noguera, urged the Bolivian state to disseminate the report of the Truth Commission throughout society, about which there is no repetition and it is not enough say that the document is available to everyone.

“When we talk about the public (of the report), we don’t mean that everyone has access, but that society as a whole can know the findings of the Truth Commission, that society as a whole can know what these patterns of human rights violations are precisely because of their rights The guarantee of non-repetition is that society can know everyone, and it is not up to society to find this information, it is up to the state to make this information available to society as a whole, the Commissioner stressed.

The statements were made in the virtual hearing of the IACHR requested by the Platform of Social Fighters and Survivors of the Dictatorship, the Organization of Victims of the Dictatorship Kilometer Zero and Women of Freedom, attended by officials from the Prosecutor General’s Office representing Bolivia. The theme was “Remembrance, Truth and Justice in Bolivia. The Work of the Truth Commission on the Military Dictatorships from 1964 to 1982”.

Jhanneth Bustillos Bustillos, Director General of Defense of Human Rights and the Environment of the Prosecutor General, said that the Truth Commission documents are in the library of the Legislative Assembly “where to enter” regarding the publication of the Truth Commission documents. and request “. He recalled that the Attorney General’s Office had presented a project to digitize the information to be disseminated on a website.

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The purpose is “to make it available to the general population, researchers, law enforcement officers and lawyers; we hope this project will be approved and we can do it in a very agile way to show the results to the Truth Commission”.

Civil society lawyer Franco Albarracín denounced that the distribution of the Truth Commission’s report was void and that the only publication was an event attended by President Luis Arce Catacora.

“The 11 volumes are kept by the Vice-Presidency, there is a summary of about 80 pages that is only accessible in physical form, there was no advertising, nobody knows the report, there are no guidelines for didactic dissemination of the content.” he complained.

The Truth Commission was formed on August 21, 2017 by the government of former President Evo Morales to investigate the murders, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrests and sexual violence on political and ideological grounds during the dictatorship.

In March 2020, the Commission presented the Ombudsman Nadia Cruz with her management report, which consists of 11 bound volumes and contains her investigation into the crimes against humanity in Bolivia between November 4, 1964 and October 10, 1982.

A year later, on March 22nd of this management, the commission presented its final report to President Luis Arce Catacora. Nothing has been said or heard about the document since then.

The IACHR commissioner said she understood that the report was available to all people, but insisted that the state must take action so that all people in every part of the Bolivian territory have this information.

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To do this, “it is necessary to take active action in this regard and it is very important that the whole of Bolivian society knows everything that has happened, I insist that the decision has been made on the individual”. Witness testimony and their reluctance, we are talking about the findings and patterns that the Truth Commission has established and that all of society and all agents of the state know and are trained because it is very important in guaranteeing non-recurrence, and there it seems to me as if the state is much more active, “stressed Urrejola.

Among other complaints from the platform are the neglect of their demands, which they had for almost nine years with a vigil at the head of the Justice Department, the three attacks suffered and the death of their Supreme Leader Julio. demand Llanos without the state being interested in carrying out the investigation.

In addition, they expressed their opposition with the report of the Truth Commission, which they consider to be partial and incomplete, which only upholds impunity and covers up crimes against humanity during the dictatorship from 1964 to 1982. They also represent the failed process of redress for victims who only benefited a minority.

“The suffering we have is very great and very long, to be in the tents of El Prado for nine years, to survive, to see our companions die, it is already 50, we cannot go on like this,” said Victoria López , Secretary General of the Platform.

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