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Bolivia reviewed under the UPR
Friday, 12 February 2010 11:35

 

On the afternoon of 10 February 2010, the UPR Working Group examined the human rights situation in Bolivia. Bolivia was represented by a small delegation headed by the Minister for Institutional Transparency and Combating Corruption, Ms Nardy Suxo. The majority of States complemented the achievements by Bolivia with some recommendations and concerns which focused on the following issues:

  • The independence of the judicial system (including abuse of impunity and long delays of trials), governmental transparency and continued anticorruption efforts. Recommendations included he independent appointment of judges to the constitutional tribunal of Supreme Court and the criminalisation of official corruptions.
  • Right of indigenous peoples to justice in light of different justice systems for indigenous and non-indigenous persons.
  • The poverty problem, especially for indigenous people in rural areas, and the need for a redistribution of national wealth as well technical and financial support to increase food production.
  • Freedom of expression and the impartiality of the media, and the need to protect journalists and human rights defenders from threat and intimidation.
  • The overcrowding and the poor conditions in prisons, especially in juvenile detention.
  • Discrimination against vulnerable groups in education, health and housing, including women, children, persons with disabilities, LBGT persons, migrant workers, and people in rural areas.
  • Human trafficking of women and children, the high rate of maternal mortality, corporal punishment, and child labor.
  • The training of policemen and the armed forces in human rights standards.
  • Strengthening cooperation with UN and international institutions, including issuing a standing invitation for the special procedures
  • The need to define crimes under Convention against Torture in domestic law.
Bolivia only used 30 minutes for its national report and responded to comments twice during the session. All 50 States that had signed up had an opportunity to speak.
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