Tell UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit Bolivia

A month ago, Bolivia was a stable country with a growing economy and decreasing poverty and inequality. Now, chaos and violence have gripped the country, as racism and religious discrimination are rearing their ugly heads. 

Mainstream media and even some progressive outlets are refusing to recognize that what happened on November 10th was a coup and are not covering the coup regime’s racism and violence. As of November 19, 2019, 24 protesters have been killed and nearly 600 have been wounded. Please add your name to our petition asking United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to join me Medea on the ground in Bolivia.


Ms. Michelle Bachelet
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

November 19, 2019

Dear Madam High Commissioner,

Please travel to Bolivia to witness the terrible situation that is unfolding. Hopefully, your presence will save lives and prevent Bolivia from descending into even greater chaos.

The events unfolding in Bolivia must recall painful memories of how your family suffered as a result of the coup d’état against President Salvador Allende in 1973. Hundreds of families are experiencing similar pain in Bolivia, where at least 24 people have been killed and nearly 600 wounded since the de facto government took power, according to Bolivia’s Office of the Ombudsperson. This same de facto government issued a decree exempting police and military from criminal responsibility in their efforts to suppress the protests, which constitutes a grave threat to the human rights of Bolivians. In this regard, we strongly commend you for your statement expressing concern for the situation and criticizing the use of force and repression. However, given the gravity and scope of the crisis, a statement is not enough.

A month ago, Bolivia was a stable country with a growing economy and decreasing poverty and inequality. Now, chaos and violence have gripped the streets, as racism and religious discrimination are rearing their ugly heads. The world has seen the de facto government and security forces rip the indigenous Wiphala flag off government buildings and uniforms. The world has heard and read comments by opposition leaders who claim the supremacy of Christianity and the Bible over the Pachamama and sacred indigenous traditions, which they describe as “satanic.” These actions and rhetoric are an outrage to the thousands of people on the streets who fear that the important social gains made by Bolivia over the past decade will be erased. 

The last time Bolivia was rocked by instability was in 2008, when many of the same organizations playing a role in the unrest today were implicated in a secessionist conflict that led to the tragic Porvenir massacre, in which 13 Bolivians died. Then, in your capacity as the president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations, you called for an extraordinary summit of said body that defused tensions, investigated the massacre and rightly judged it to be a crime against humanity.

Now, in your capacity as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bolivia needs you once again. As the world appears to be divided along ideological lines regarding the political conflict in Bolivia, it is important to have actors of unimpeachable character on the ground calling for the respect of human rights and for dialogue as the only path forward. Therefore, we urge you to travel to Bolivia to join Medea Benjamin on the ground to be an eyewitness to the situation in the hopes that your presence will save lives and prevent it from descending into greater chaos.

Thank you,

 

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Frances Dunham
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Monica Ohrberg
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Rita Butler
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Jerry Rivers
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Francis Gillen
Edward briody
Robert O'Callaghan
Sylvie Chevallier
Bhavana Lymworth
Charlotte Peterson
Nancy Freedman
Criage Lynnette Althage
Kim Conrad
Max Newton Newton
Francis Collins
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Doe Kelly
John Douglas Gray
Rich Johnson
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Ryan Dell
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  • Frances Dunham
    signed 2019-12-08 19:44:49 -0500
  • Steve Delturk
    signed 2019-12-07 12:20:00 -0500
  • Anis Ajmeri
    signed 2019-12-06 04:03:24 -0500
    Free Evo Morales,Free Bolivia.
  • Robbin Zoupas
    signed 2019-12-05 23:57:59 -0500
  • Monica Ohrberg
    signed 2019-12-03 21:47:18 -0500
    Monica Ohrberg
  • Mary Cramer
    signed 2019-12-03 19:31:20 -0500
  • Rita Butler
    signed 2019-12-03 18:44:13 -0500
  • Patricia Bocanegra
    signed 2019-12-03 16:18:30 -0500
  • Jerry Rivers
    signed 2019-12-03 15:16:51 -0500
  • Wilma Tamayo
    signed via 2019-12-03 14:18:27 -0500
    Dear Ms. Bachelet, it is time for the UN to step up to do the work that it was designed to do. Latin America is becoming a laboratory for right-wing governments that are oppressing our people and violating human rights. These types of government we thought were outdated, but they are coming back to oppress people and destroy democracy.


    It is time to act in favor of Latin America and Democracy.


    Thank you


    Wilma
  • Francis Gillen
    signed 2019-12-03 13:41:22 -0500
    fjg
  • Edward briody
    signed 2019-12-03 11:24:22 -0500
  • Robert O'Callaghan
    signed 2019-12-03 03:13:45 -0500
    Robert
  • Sylvie Chevallier
    signed 2019-12-03 00:26:46 -0500
  • Bhavana Lymworth
    signed 2019-12-03 00:24:47 -0500
  • Charlotte Peterson
    signed 2019-12-02 16:41:25 -0500
  • Nancy Freedman
    signed 2019-12-02 14:33:44 -0500
  • Criage Lynnette Althage
    signed 2019-12-02 11:49:40 -0500
  • Kim Conrad
    signed 2019-12-02 00:56:12 -0500
  • Max Newton Newton
    signed 2019-12-02 00:49:25 -0500
  • Francis Collins
    signed 2019-12-02 00:24:28 -0500
  • Gracie Ann Jablonowski
    signed 2019-12-01 16:39:36 -0500
    ITS ABOUT TIME THE UNITED STATES STOPS MEDDLING IN OTHER COUNTRIES AFFAIRS OF STATE. THE UNITED NATIONS NEEDS TO SEE HOW THE UNITED STATES TRIES TO UNDERMINE BOLIVIA’S DULY ELECTED GOVERNMENT. ITS ALWAYS THE SAME-THING. REGIME CHANGE HERE, REGIME CHANGE THERE!!!!! THE UNITED STATES IS NOT THE WORLDS POLICEMAN!!!!!’ THIS MUST BE STOPPED NOW. LISTEN UP U.S. POLICY MAKERS!!! MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!! WORRY MORE ABOUT YOUR OWN COUNTRY THAN OTHERS!!! AND STOP SENDING MONEY TO ZIONIST, APARTHEID ISREAL TO KILL MORE PALESTINIANS AND STEAL THEIR LAND!!!! ISREAL NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE WEST BANK NOW, AND OUT OF GAZA NOW!!!!! AND GIVE BACK WHAT THEY STOLE!!!!!’ GOD BLESS PALESTINE!!!!!
  • Cara Anderson
    signed 2019-12-01 01:06:49 -0500
  • Doe Kelly
    signed 2019-11-30 22:44:01 -0500
  • John Douglas Gray
    signed 2019-11-30 21:54:10 -0500
  • Rich Johnson
    signed 2019-11-30 21:14:03 -0500
    Do the right thing. No more killing, wounding, oppressing the indigenous people of Bolivia.
  • Ellen L Fisk
    signed 2019-11-30 20:59:22 -0500
  • Ryan Dell
    signed 2019-11-30 19:59:13 -0500
  • Nancy Redman-Furey
    signed 2019-11-30 17:35:00 -0500
  • Adam Gorelick
    signed 2019-11-30 17:33:15 -0500
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