Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

BOLIVIA: IACHR publishes damning verdict on Áñez presidency

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has published a damning assessment of human rights violations under Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020). Whilst the 471-page report falls short of describing her rise to power as a coup, it does question whether her ascension to the presidency was legitimate. The report’s findings were seized upon by President Luis Arce’s government as vindication for the much-criticised imprisonment of Áñez since March. However, the ruling left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government has also been tainted by the report’s warnings of judicial politicisation that could impede a fair trial of those accused of wrongdoing.

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