IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is visiting Bolivia to monitor compliance with the recommendations made by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts in its report on the violence that broke out in 2019. The visit is taking place over the period January 24–26 and will include meetings, talks, and the collection of data on progress made and pending challenges regarding these recommendations.
The visit seeks to assess progress almost a year after the working group to monitor these recommendations (MESEG-Bolivia) became operational. The IACHR delegation is led by the Commission's Rapporteur for Bolivia, Commissioner Joel Hernández, with the support of IACHR Executive Secretary Tania Reneaum Panszi and other members of the Executive Secretariat's technical team. The Commission is set to meet with public authorities, victims' associations, and other stakeholders relevant for MESEG efforts. In the wake of the visit and in the exercise of its mandate, the IACHR plans to publish a report on the state of compliance with recommendations.
MESEG aims to support and monitor compliance with the recommendations made by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts and it has been working to that end, providing support and guidance to implement those recommendations.
The Commission commends the Plurinational State of Bolivia on its openness to cooperate and engage in talks in the context of MESEG-Bolivia and to enable monitoring of its human rights obligations with regard to the Inter-American System.
A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.