Torture survivors and relatives of victims of enforced disappearance denounce Bolivia in Washington

The Bolivian government has an historic opportunity to begin to address years of abuses under military rule, Amnesty International said ahead of a 19 March hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to denounce the lack of truth, justice and reparation for victims of human rights violations under the military regimes.

Victims of torture, arbitrary detention and relatives of victims of enforced disappearances during the darkest years of Bolivia’s recent history should not have to wait a minute longer for their legitimate demands of justice, truth and reparation to be heard.

Maria Jose Eva, South America researcher at Amnesty International, who will attend the hearing.

“Justice cannot wait any longer. The Bolivian authorities have a duty to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice and to be proactive in the search for and identification of victims of enforced disappearance”.

An estimated 150 people were victims of enforced disappearance in Bolivia between 1964 and 1982. According to official data hundreds more were arbitrarily detained and tortured.

For years, victims have been demanding the creation of a truth commission to shed light on the human rights violations committed during the 18 years of military and authoritarian regimes.

The victims will also expose the lack of full reparation to the Inter-American Commission.

“It’s time to put an end to this lingering injustice and to address the wrongs of this tragic and dark period in Bolivia’s history,” said Maria Jose Eva.

Four organizations from Bolivia – the Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Mártires por la Liberación Nacional; Mujeres Libertad; the Plataforma de Luchadores Sociales; and the Unión de víctimas de violencia política– will participate in the hearing alongside Amnesty International and CEJIL.