translated from Spanish: The IACHR warned that compensation to Boliviavictims cannot be conditioned

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Saturday warned that the compensation approved by the Government of Bolivia to the families of the victims of the suppression of protests by the political crisis may be conditional on leaving aside an international investigation of the facts. Supreme Decree 4.100 provides to grant families of the fatalities recorded during the unrest in Bolivia after the elections of 20 October 50,000 Bolivians (more than 6,500 euros). However, if accepted, the decree provides that those affected may not be able to go to international bodies for the purpose of undertaking an investigation.» The IACHR warns that Supreme Decree 4.100, which provides for monetary compensation and some health services for victims of the crisis, cannot legally close or obstruct victims’ access to the Inter-American System of Human Rights,» has indicated by the agency through its Twitter account.In this context, the agency has recalled that monetary compensation «is only one of the components of the right to comprehensive redress that victims have in Bolivia», but that the right to reparation » it also includes measures of satisfaction, rehabilitation, truth, justice and guarantees of non-repetition.» Victims of human rights violations have access to the Inter-American System of Human Rights because of the international commitments made by the State of Bolivia,» he has continued, while calling it «worrying» that the decree seeks to exempt victims from going to international bodies. Thus, «administrative redress is a step forward and does not exempt international agencies from analyzing state responsibility, nor from the obligation of the State to take other measures for comprehensive redress», has settled the IACHR. Relatives of Senkata’s fatalities already rejected the compensation decree on Friday, which they called «express blackmail» because it precisely shuts them down the opportunity to demand an investigation from international authorities. The victims’ collective also said that this measure is «discriminatory and demeaning.» In this sense, the Human Rights Representative of the city of El Alto, David Inca, submitted a letter with eight lawsuits through which they seek a new negotiation, since the decree, in his opinion, «only emphasizes compensation, assuming that life has an economic price of 50,000 Bolivians,» the newspaper ‘La Razón’ collected. Inca explained that their lawsuits seek criminal sanctions on «murderers» of the victims’ relatives, as well as a number of financial facilities for them, including a lifetime minimum wage for all families scholarships and cancellation of bank debts. The political crisis in Bolivia broke out after the presidential elections on 20 October, and numerous protests took place in the country. In Senkata, a small town in El Alto, 10 people were killed and more than 40 injured after the police and army started it with Maduro supporters who barricaded theself in the areas surrounding the Fiscal Oilfield plant Bolivians (YPFB). The Government of the interim President Jeanine Añez, who denied that law enforcement fired their weapons of regulations, decided to issue a decree exempting the military involved in the repressions of demonstrations from any criminal liability. Finally, they had to backtrack on the unreported allegations both inside and outside the country. Bolivia is now preparing to hold new elections in which neither former President Evo Morales nor his vice president, Alvaro García Linera, will be able to participate, according to the agreement to which his party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS), and the Government of Añez have come in Congress.

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