The United Nations system in Bolivia (UN Bolivia) announced yesterday, following a visit by former President Jeanine Áñez to Miraflores prison, that prison authorities “must implement strategies to prevent and prevent self-harm and suicide” in order to protect lives.
UN-Bolivia arrived in prison in accordance with its mandate to protect those deprived of liberty and revealed that Áñez was injured.
Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo reported on Saturday that Áñez had injured his arms.
At her meeting with the UN, the ex-president said she felt physically weak and emotionally deeply affected. Áñez has been detained for five months on the alleged coup.
The commission reported that while measures such as allowing a family member to be escorted at night are in place, “international standards show that prison authorities must implement comprehensive strategies against suicide”.
The United Nations recalled that mental health must be addressed specifically and with a gender perspective. The psychiatric assessment must be carried out with the consent and with independent experts.
The UN recommendation came after strong calls from activists, lawmakers and family members for an international body to review Áñez’s physical and emotional health as MPs or the President of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights, Amparo Carvajal, moved in on Saturday.
The representative of the National Committee for the Defense of Democracy (Conade), Manuel Morales, said Áñez had been violated in at least six of his rights.
“She must not be deprived of her other rights such as visits, good nutrition, expression of opinion, communication with her lawyer and her relatives,” she said.
Authorities such as MPs and human rights defenders can visit them. “The isolation she faces violates her rights and denies her humanitarian treatment, such as being released from prison against her will,” he said.
Vigils were recorded yesterday for Áñez and the political prisoners in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz prisons.
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The prison director, Juan Carlos Limpias, reported that former President Áñez is in stable health but needs to recover emotionally.
He said that “the protection of life is paramount” and “we reject the statements of former authorities who do not listen to everything we do.”
A relative was also allowed to stay the night with Áñez until he recovered.