The Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in which it expresses concern and rejects the statements issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom and the spokesperson for the High Representative of the European Union (EU) regarding the criminal proceedings against the former president of facto, Jeanine Áñez.
Bolivian Justice promotes new trials against Jeanine Añez
According to the text, this position of the European bloc and the British “does not agree with a relationship of mutual respect, they express an unacceptable colonial position.”
In addition, it considers that they distort and distort the statement of the Technical Mission in Bolivia of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the expressions of the special rapporteur on the independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, on which they claim to be based.
Announcement | In relation to the official statements of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union regarding the criminal proceedings against Jeanine Añez and others for her self-proclamation.
– Bolivian Foreign Ministry (@MRE_Bolivia)
June 22, 2022
The document from the Bolivian Foreign Ministry highlights that the statement by the spokesperson for the high representative of the EU has statements that do not correspond to what was expressed by the OHCHR, since they maintain that the process against the former de facto president of 2019 did not fully respect due process.
Similarly, Bolivia reiterates that the OHCHR statement, signed on June 17, does not refer to anything about disrespect for due process in the trial against Áñez.
“It is important to highlight that this Communiqué was made within the framework of a Protocol that makes observation viable; and it was prepared, safeguarding that in their actions and their communications, they do not incur in undue interference in the justice authorities, and be based on the prior acceptance of the Judicial Body and in the parties to the process”, continues the Foreign Ministry and criticizes that the statement by the spokesperson for the EU High Representative does not consider these safeguards.
Likewise, it considers that the comments made by the rapporteur García-Sayán on his Twitter account “represent an excess on his part, suggesting that Jeanine Añez be prosecuted for serious human rights violations in a trial of responsibilities, whose process is currently in court. Plurinational Legislative Assembly, after having been preliminarily heard by the Attorney General and the Supreme Court of Justice,” he added.
“The Plurinational State of Bolivia has shown its broadest willingness for the United Nations, through its different bodies, to follow up and make possible observations on the process of Mrs. Áñez, without this implying, under any circumstances, interference in the decisions that sovereignly correspond to the Bolivian justice”, evidenced the Foreign Ministry, based on what is established by the Constitution of its country and International Law on Human Rights.
Bolivia: Proceedings against former President Áñez didn’t fully respect due process rights, w/broad & ambiguous charges as stated by @UNHumanRights �� symptomatic of structural deficiencies in ���� justice. ����ready to assist in justice reforms https://t.co/WaOBdPPxay
— Peter Stano (@ExtSpoxEU)
June 19, 2022
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Plurinational State of Bolivia reaffirms its commitment and greater predisposition to continue strengthening the dynamics of the bilateral and cooperation agenda with all the countries of the international community, always based on mutual respect,” the document concluded.
On June 21, the United Kingdom Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development issued a statement expressing concern about the procedure, also pointed out by the OHCHR, regarding the way in which it was conducted and warned about possible political intervention in the process. judicial.
For his part, the spokesman for the EU High Representative, Peter Stano, published another statement on June 19 in which he considered that the Bolivian justice system has structural deficiencies, based on García-Sayán’s considerations of May 2022, as well such as those of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), whose recommendations “the Government promised to implement,” he said.