Sucre, Bolivia: Human Rights
US References Supposed Human Rights Violations in Bolivia
04 Mar 2009 00:25 GMT
(translated by Conor H.)
La Paz 26 Feb. (CMI Sucre).- According to the Annual Report on Human Rights by the US Department of State, presented by Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of that country, there have been problems with respect to human rights in Bolivia. According to the report indications of human rights violations have "been detected," mentioning "arbitrary" detentions, threats to civil rights, attacks by the executive branch on judicial power, and poor jail conditions, amongst others in the government of President Juan Evo Morales Ayma.
The document mencions that the government of Bolivia has respected human rights in general, but according to the report there existed some problem areas such as: "abuses on the part of security forces; rough jail conditions; arbitrary arrests and detentions; attacks on judicial power on the part of the executive branch; threats against civil liberties, including legal rights and the freedom of the press; excessive use of force and other abuses during internal conflicts; corruption and lack of transparency in the government; discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; trade and traffic in humans; child labor; forced labor or labor under coercion; [and] deplorable conditions in the mining sector."
Audio Viceministro de Coordinación con los Movimientos Sociales: Sacha Llorenti -
This report came to light when the president of Bolivia began to denounce the influence of the CIA in the internal affairs of Bolivia specifically in the state petroleum company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales de Bolivia (YPFB), mentioning involvement in acts of corruption by its president Santos Ramírez. He called attencion to the threats of ex-US ambassador Fillip Golbert who was expelled from the country by the president after it was proved that he met with directors of the so-called "media luna" and other opposition groups which had intended to kick off a civil disturbance. Said disturbance came to a head with the massacre of rural peoples one Thursday, September 11 of 2008, in the pueblo of El Porvenir in the department of Pando.
For his part the Viceminister of Coordination with Social Movements, Sacha Llorenti, classified this document as inadmissible, rude and biased, "the report is inadmissible for the government of Bolivia, as it is a gross simplification of the national reality that is politically motivated and biased." He also mentioned that the government of the United States can talk about Human Rights when it expels Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada from its country.
He reminded that this ex-president of Bolivia is accused by victims and social organizations in accordance with the Committee to Bring to Justice Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his collaborators, for the massacres in September and October of 2003, that resulted in around 60 dead and more than 400 wounded in Bolivia. The ex-president is being protected by the US, particularly by the State Department, who supported a proposals by ex North American ambassadors, September 19th of 2008 that allowed Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada to evade justice in the US for the October Massacre of 2003.
Moreover, directors of social organizations within the deparment of Chuquisaca have said with respect to this annual report that, "[The} US does not have the moral imperative to discuss human rights and less so justice," bringing up the cases of: Tipton Three, British citizens who went to Pakistan for a wedding the day before a western attack on the Taliban, crossed the border with Afgahnistan with the vague intent of helping other muslims, and were detained at Guantanamo as have potential ties to Al Qaeda , o los 5,000 children in Pennsylvania who were convicted of unproven minor crimes, and the 2,000 of whom were placed in juvenile detention by corrupt judges that were receiving bribes from the builders and owners of these private jails, and tying them to the incredibly deficient administration of justice in their own country.
With regards to the human rights violations of Guantanamo, as a counter point to the, yet fulfilled, promises to close the prison at Guantanamo, that the US government has almost finished the extensions of the jail of Bagram in Afghanistan, where there are around 600 people illegally detained, according to human rights organizations.
Finally he stressed the report of a three year investigation by a panel of eight international judges, pertaining to the anti-terrorism effort led by the United States after the attacks of September 11, that mentioned a series of human rights violations that included: torture; forceful kidnappings; secret and arbitrary dententions without guarantee of justice, pursued with impunity over several years by the US government.
Confronted with these things, human rights organizations question the legitimacy of the US State Department's annual report on Human Rights, particularly with regards to Bolivia, where it has only been two decades since the United States ended the so-called Plan Condor, in alliance with the de facto military governments.
Source: CMI Sucre.