The European Parliament has demanded the release of Jeanine Áñez in Bolivia: “We are watching the waves of political persecution with horror.”

File photo: Extraordinary full session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on July 23, 2020 (REUTERS / Francois Lenoir)

This Thursday, a majority of the European Parliament voted in favor of Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine ez and He called on Bolivian authorities, two imprisoned ministers and other politicians to release him. As well as Withdrawal of charges against them for political reasons.

396 votes in favor, 267 votes against and 28 votes against the resolution. In her Ease and his former collaborators are considered “political prisoners” and their arbitrary and illegal detention is “condemned and condemned”.

During the political and social crisis of late 2019, Áñez was remanded in custody for more than a month on charges of conspiracy, treason and terrorism, resulting in the resignation of President Evo Morales and the cancellation of that year’s election amid allegations of fraud.

In this context, the European Parliament insists that Morales has “fully fulfilled his role as the second vice president of the Senate” by filling the vacancy left by the president, and recalled that Bolivia’s polytheistic court had supported the transfer of powers to Jeanine Áñez.

File photo: Jeanine Áñez announces interim president in 2019 (MEAGAN HANCOCK / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO)
File photo: Jeanine Áñez announces interim president in 2019 (MEAGAN HANCOCK / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO)

In a parliamentary debate on the issue, Oliver Verheli, the commissioner for European events and extensions, has already publicly called on Brussels to resolve the allegations against Áñez in relation to the 2019 events. A judicial process “transparent and fair, with full independence, without political pressure and with full respect for the separation of powers.”

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On the other hand, the Vice President of the European Parliament Czech Tita Saransova, Said shortly after the resolution was adopted: “We all hoped that the last elections in Bolivia would mark a positive change and restore peace in such a divided country, but the opposite happened.”

“We have seen waves of political persecution with horror. Let it be clear: the president’s successor in 2019 is subject to the constitution., Added.

The community group in La Paz is in contact with the family of the former interim president and the UN representative. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also described வழக்குez’s case as political.

Former President Jeanine Ages detained in prison in La Paz, Bolivia on March 13, 2021 (AFP)
Former President Jeanine Ages detained in prison in La Paz, Bolivia on March 13, 2021 (AFP)

In its resolution, The European Parliament “reveals it Concern about the independence and impartiality of the Bolivian justice system and the spread of structural problems; It observes that this lack of independence affects access to justice and, in general, undermines citizens’ confidence in the national judiciary.

MEPs call Bolivia “structural changes and reforms” in the composition of its justice systemThe “widespread problem” of corruption in the country needs to be addressed, As well as by changing the definitions of terrorism in the penal code to make them more proportionate.

In addition, they are asking the Bolivian prosecutor’s office to reopen the investigation into alleged misappropriation of $ 1.6 million in public funds by the Morales government to consulting firm Neurona.

File photo: People protest on March 15, 2021 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (EFE / Juan Carlos Torrejon) against the arrest of former interim president Jeanine ez.
File photo: People protest on March 15, 2021 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (EFE / Juan Carlos Torrejon) against the arrest of former interim president Jeanine ez.

In Bolivia, the ruling party awaited the European resolution on Wednesday. The ruling movement for socialism (MAS) controlled by the Chamber of Deputies approved yesterday Declaration Rejection of the intervention of international organizations in Bolivian affairs. Former President Evo Morales tweeted: “We reject the interventionist effort promoted by the far right in the European Parliament, which promotes punishment in the face of deaths and serious human rights abuses during the coup.”

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And for his part, Carolina Ribeira, the daughter of former President Jeanine ez, thanked the European Parliament for its position. “This is further proof that I supported my mother’s government and will continue to be supported by the international community. We hope that the national government will take this resolution with due respect (…) and will not attempt to silence it with prudent attacks,” he told local newspapers.

With information from EFE

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