Chargé d’Affairs at the US Embassy in Bolivia, Charisse Phillips, demanded justice on Tuesday for the deaths that occurred in the country but within the framework of the rule of law and due process.
“We express our solidarity with the victims of the tragedies of 2019. There must be justice for them and their families, and those responsible must be held accountable. But any legal accusation must be made within the framework of the rule of law and following due process of law. (sic),” reads a post on Twitter.
The diplomatic representative’s statement came after the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) established a series of “gross human rights violations” in Bolivia and massacres in Sencata, Elto, Sacaba and Cochabamba.
“Human rights and accountability are at stake today. We appreciate CIDH’s work on the GIEI Report and look forward to reviewing it in detail (sic),” adds Phillips in another Twitter post.
He also stressed that Bolivia had accepted the initiative’s report and stressed that the international community would “watch how justice is served.”
Among the recommendations made by the body, relying on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), made a series of recommendations in order to “ensure transparency and objectivity in the practice of criminal proceedings”, and to carry out “appropriate, timely and comprehensive” investigations, among other things.