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OAS Secretary General Is Presented Bolivia’s Law against Racism and Discrimination

  October 25, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with representatives of the Bolivian Government Iván Canelas, a spokesman for the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales; José Luis Gutiérrez Sardan, the President’s legal advisor; and Evelyn Llanos, the country’s Deputy Minister for Equality of Opportunity.

During the meeting, which took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, the guests presented the Law against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination, enacted on October 8 by President Evo Morales. The decree seeks to establish mechanisms and procedures to prevent and combat all acts of racism and discrimination.

With the approval of this law, Bolivia fulfills the commitment pledged more than fifty years ago to international organizations to have a law with such characteristics. The Bolivian Government’s representatives also announced their intention to present the content of the law to the Permanent Council during its regular session this Wednesday, October 27.

Secretary General Insulza thanked the information provided and recalled that the OAS is currently discussing the possibility of a Convention against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-401/10