translated from Spanish: CDIH acknowledges massacres in Bolivia after departure of Evo Morales

La Paz.- An interdisciplinary investigation group of the National Human Rights Commission (CDIH) on Tuesday recognized the massacres committed by Bolivia’s military and police forces against civilians at the end of 2019, when Jeanine Áñez proclaimed herself interim president of the Andean country. Among the crimes that occurred after the departure of Evo Morales from power is “summary executions,” according to investigations conducted by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) of the IACHR on the social unrest that occurred after the 2019 elections.The results of these inquiries were reflected in a first report that was delivered to the current president of Bolivia, Luis Arce.Patricia Tappatá, a member of the GIEI, stated that “at least 37 people died in various parts of the country and hundreds received serious injuries, both physical and psychological.” The investigation spanned from the end of Evo Morales’ term to the beginning of Ánez’s administration. During the term of the interim president, two serious events occurred; the first dates from November 15 in the town of Sacaba, near the city of Conchabamba; the second happened four days later at the Senkata gas plant, located in the city of El Alto.In Sacaba, 11 deaths were reported and in Senkata another similar number was recorded. In this regard, Tappatá said that the CDIH group of experts “does not hesitate” to describe these events as “massacres,” according to information published by the AFP news agency. Upon learning of the report, President Arce released it at a public event in La Paz and promised those present that there will be reparations for damages for the victim. The Bolivian president said the report “clearly describes the serious human rights violations, massacres, and extrajudicial executions that occurred in our country during the coup d’état.” Likewise, he announced that he will promote the trials of responsibility or privilege against Áñez and his government. Read more: Pope Francis asks Latin Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as an ‘act of love’It’s worth mentioning that Arce’s predecessor has been jailed since March last year, while the Attorney General’s Office continues with investigations into what happened during her administration that spanned from 2019 to 2020. Ecatepec is flooded, via Morelos and several colonies with levels of 50 cm

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