A group of members of the Congregation of Creemos and Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) were referred to the Chamber of Deputies Ethics Committee for unauthorized travel to the United States.
They are resisting and accusing the commanding delegates of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) to engage in political persecution because they just traveled to the United States in April to meet with representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) of the -American Human Rights Commission ( IACHR) and other organizations to denounce human rights violations.
The opponents were referred to the ethics committee to denounce the Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia. “The MAS, with the help of a social organization, filed a complaint with the ethics committee against the eleven MPs who traveled to the US to denounce the violations and persecution of opposition leaders,” Deputy María René Álvarez told the ANF.
On April 20, a delegation of MPs and senators from the two opposition groups arrived in the United States, where they met with OAS Secretary Luis Almagro; with the IACHR and with the director of Human Rights Watch, José Miguel Vivanco.
The chairman of the Central Committee, Carlos Mesa, described the decision to send her to the ethics committee as a harassment of the opposition.
After MPs returned, MP President Freddy Mamani said his opposition colleagues had traveled without authorization. “The Parliament’s Bureau has not approved a trip abroad,” he said at the time. The opposition assured that the legislature did not need any approval, as he had started the trip with his own resources.
They denounced human rights violations
The opposition delegation that met with Luis Almagro said on the occasion that there are “blatant human rights violations” and systematic persecution of opponents in the country.
The chairman of the CC-Bank in the Senate, Andrea Barrientos, protested because her colleagues were sent to this commission: “The MAS sends our parliamentarians to an ethics committee to denounce the abuses and human rights violations before the organization. Internationals, and it doesn’t sanction those who are the ALP’s fists ”.
MEP María René Álvarez stated that the complaint lacks a legal basis and credible arguments, so the Ethics Committee will have no elements to pursue the complaint.