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Bolivian President Evo Morales Officially Reports Chile to OAS for “Torture”

By: Karina Martín - Jun 14, 2017, 1:56 pm
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“Almost none of the Bolivian government’s statements surprise us,” one Chilean official said. (Twitter)

EspañolBolivia officially denounced Chile to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States this Wednesday, June 14, for the “unjust and violent detention of the nine public servants who fought against smuggling.”

According to Bolivian President Evo Morales, treatment of the officers constituted torture, as shots were fired by their ears to intimidate and harass them, and they were beat without mercy despite explaining they were law enforcement carrying out duties to patrol against smuggling.

According to Morales, the actions against the nine officials are a form of “revenge” against Bolivia for the lawsuit it filed against Chile with the International Court of Justice.

“Chile knows that Bolivia has justice, truth and the law on its side, so it sought revenge on nine people,” Morales said. “Bolivia exercises and demands its rights before the ICJ and Chile retaliates with nine officials who were fighting against contraband.”

 

He cited the Manila Declaration, which states that Chile should respect Bolivia and not discriminate against its people.

“Almost none of the Bolivian government’s statements surprise us,” Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz said. “They are new unfounded accusations that lack credibility and do not deserve further response response.”

He claimed Chile abides by the rule of law, having arrested the officers who were stealing goos from a truck that had crossed over from Chile. However, Bolivia denies that version of the story.

Sources: El Deber; La Tercera; Panorama.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Colombian Attorneys Sue Venezuelan Dictator Maduro for Crimes Against Humanity

By: Karina Martín - Jun 14, 2017, 12:20 pm
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EspañolPresident of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro is being sued for crimes against humanity following the massive wave of deportations from the country to Colombia in August 2015. A group of lawyers in Colombia presented the complaint to the Prosecutors Office in Cúcuta, the capital of the department of Northern Santander, which touches the Venezuelan border. Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship The approximately 400-page document details how a section of the border was closed between Venezuela and Colombia in August of 2015, and that Maduro deported around a thousand Colombians residing in Venezuela, then another 15,000 that had decided to return. "This forced displacement, massive deportation, destruction of their property and their families forced us to work with the lawyers of both nations to submit a complaint of crimes against humanity against Nicolás Maduro," President of the Trial Lawyer Association of Northern Santander, Rafael Villamizar, said. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Villamizar also explained that the suit addressed Maduro "not as head of state, but as someone who loses his power due to having engaged in these practices and can be detained in any country in the world." "With the help of congress members of the Venezuelan opposition," he'd said, "we want Colombia's justice system to accuse the creator of this mass displacement ... we demand his detention as a way to remedy the suffering of these victims who have not been able to rebuild their lives." Former Venezuelan Congressmen Walter Márquez said that the filing not only includes the deportation of more than 1,500 Colombians, but also the destruction of border bridges in the upper reaches of the Táchira River, and the forced displacement of more than 20,000 Colombians due to the closure of the border. Source: El Nacional. 

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