The Progressive International recognizes the events of November 2019 for what they were: a coup d’état against a democratically elected government, fueled by false accusations of fraud by the Organization of American States and its allies across the region.
Now, following peaceful and democratic elections in October 2020, the people of Bolivia are petitioning their new government to hold the coup regime accountable for the massacres, repression, and human rights abuses that accompanied the rule of interim president Jeanine Áñez.
These crimes include but are not limited to:
The evidence for these crimes points to direct involvement of those at the very top of the coup government, including Áñez herself.
For this reason, the Progressive International supports efforts to hold Áñez and her allies accountable for the role that they played in the execution of these crimes while respecting the rights to due process granted by Bolivian law.
Restoring democracy does not mean forgetting the past. Efforts to hold Bolivia’s coup regime are, on the contrary, critical to efforts to build a democratic Bolivia: a warning against future efforts to override the popular will, and a step toward reconciliation for the victims who suffered along the way.
The Progressive International calls on the international community — and all organizations that defend human rights — to support efforts to hold accountable the perpetrators of the above crimes, as to ensure full respect for their due process rights.
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