Security & Strategic Review - April 2022

BOLIVIA: UN rapporteur emphasises need for judicial reform

The United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, described judicial independence in Bolivia as a “pending task” on 22 February. In a preliminary report presented at the conclusion of a one-week fact-finding mission, García-Sayán outlined a number of structural faults within the Bolivian justice system and called for a “great national agreement” on judicial reform. His visit came at a volatile moment, with the trial of former president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) scheduled to begin in April. Áñez’s supporters remain adamant that she stands no chance of a fair trial for the wide array of charges levelled against her, and have derided the government’s proposals for judicial reform as window-dressing.

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