Before the elections that will take place in Bolivia on 18th October, Belgian organisations - including SOLIDAR members FOS and SOLSOC - launched a declaration, together with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), calling for the EU to pay special attention to the electoral process so that it is performed in a free, impartial, fair and transparent manner.
Bolivia is currently experiencing a political crisis – with high levels of polarisation – and an economic and sanitary crisis, since the pandemic has shown a precarious healthcare system and a poor infrastructure: Bolivia is one of the most affected countries in the world. The country is also experiencing an environmental deterioration, manifested mainly by the ecocide in the Amazon. The previous elections in October 2019, already raised the concerns of several international organisations and institutions towards multiple Human Rights violations.
In this context, the declaration calls for the EU to:
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