Opposition MPs sent letters to the UN General Secretariat, the body’s human rights rapporteur and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Michelle Bachelet and calls for “precautions” and guarantees to be given to the President of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights of Bolivia (Apdhb), Amparo Carvajal, who was the victim of a threat from supporters of the MAS.
In the letter, lawmakers urged the civic community, “as the international body protecting human rights, to speak out against the wave of threats that arose against Amparo Carvajal, the current president of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights of Bolivia”.
It must be shown that in the first week of September the multiple threats to his life and material goods that Amparo Carvajal receives on social networks were made public, the letter says.
“These threats are intended to intimidate the actions of the President of the Permanent Human Rights Assembly. In the face of this wave of threats, we as parliamentarians are surprised that the government officials of the state are not stopping this situation or guaranteeing the life and safety of Amparo Carvajal. They also focus their political attacks on the president of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights of Bolivia, ”the letter says.
The parliamentarians reaffirmed “the need for an official statement by their body on this issue so that the government can respect international treaties and activate the precautionary measures for Ms. Amparo Carvajal”.
MP Luisa Nayar alleged that “paramilitary groups” linked to the MAS are trying to “create fear” in the population and threaten to “burn” Carvajal’s house.
He referred to the case of the so-called Wila Lluch’us group, which had threatened the president of the Apdhb on social media.
The government gave assurances that this group “does not exist” and declared itself responsible for these statements.
However, the group has campaigned for the MAS and some of its members are militants of that party, according to a complaint from CC.