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Bolivia: The need to protect Human Rights Defenders

, Index number: AMR 18/004/2002

This document reports on the continuing attacks, threats and intimidation of human rights defenders in Bolivia. It documents a number of cases of human rights defenders - including those who work in rural areas and with indigenous and peasant communities - who have been the target of serious violations, including torture, ill-treatment and arbitrary detention. It also includes a case of the violent obstruction of the Ombudsperson's work. There is a particular concern that although the attacks and threats have been denounced to the Bolivian authorities the investigations do not seem to have made any progress.

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