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Belize votes in favor of OAS resolution on Bolivia  

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019. 2:21 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On December 18, the Organization of American States (OAS) presented a resolution rejecting violence in Bolivia and calling for full respect of the rights of the indigenous peoples in the plurinational state of Bolivia.

The ‘Resolution Rejecting Violence in Bolivia and Calling for Full Respect of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples in the Plurinational State of Bolivia’ was approved by 18 nations.

The nations that voted in favor were: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Uruguay and Panama.

Colombia, the United States, interim Government of Bolivia and representative of Venezuela voted against it.Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay abstained, and Haiti was absent.

The resolution expressed concern about the situation of human rights, including racist and discriminatory violence, expressed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in its preliminary observations of December 10, 2019, after its visit to Bolivia.

The nations resolved to

  • Condemn the human rights violations and the use of violence against any citizen of Bolivia, especially any and all forms of violence and intimidation against Bolivians of indigenous origin;
  • Further condemn intolerance of symbols, traditional vestige, religious practices and unequal treatment or mention of any element of indigenous civilization;
  • Underscore the need for the authorities of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to fulfill their inherent responsibility as a part of the community of nations to protect all human rights for everyone in Bolivia;
  • Urge the authorities of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to respect, comply with and effectively implement all their obligations under international law as they apply to indigenous peoples, particularly those related to human rights;
  • Reiterate the  call made by the Permanent Council of the OAS on November 20, 2019,  in CP/RES. 1140 (2259/19) rev. 1, to all political and civil actors in Bolivia, including all authorities, civil society, the military and security forces, and the general public, to immediately cease from violence, preserve peace, and seek a frank dialogue to promote national democratic reconciliation; and 
  • Call upon the Bolivian authorities to ensure full and unrestricted observance and protection of human rights and to ensure that any violators thereof are held to account, in accordance with international human rights law as reflected in Resolution, CP/RES. 1140 (2259/19) rev. 1, of the OAS Permanent Council.

The resolution calls all political and civil actors in Bolivia to seek peace through a frank dialogue that promotes national democratic reconciliation.


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