December 8, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Bolivian NGO And Staff Under Financial Threat (Bolivia: UA 99.17)


The Bolivian Documentation and Information Centre (CEDIB) reported new threats to their human rights work and its staff members’ financial security caused by the freezing of their bank accounts. This is the latest in a series of attempts to obstruct CEDIB’s legitimate work and a worrying sign of shrinking civic space in the country.

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The Bolivian Documentation and Information Centre (CEDIB) reported new threats to their human rights work and its staff members’ financial security caused by the freezing of their bank accounts. This is the latest in a series of attempts to obstruct CEDIB’s legitimate work and a worrying sign of shrinking civic space in the country.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the Ombudsman to safeguard the integrity of CEDIB’s staff and financial assets and ensure that civil society organizations enjoy a safe and enabling environment to develop their activities;
  • Calling on the Vice Minister of Autonomies to publicly recognize the legitimate human rights work of CEDIB and to ensure that the Dean of the UMSS refrains from any actions that place CEDIB’s staff and work at risk;
  • Calling on the President of the Magistracy Council to promptly and thoroughly investigate claims of irregularities and violations of the right to due process in the judicial administrative proceeding against CEDIB.

Contact these two officials by 18 January, 2018:

Vice Minister of Autonomies
Hugo Siles
Av. 20 de octubre N° 2230 esq. Fernando Guachalla, edificio Ex Conavi
La Paz, Bolivia
Fax: +591 2211 3613
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @HugoSilesNdelP, @ViceAutonomias
Salutation: Dear Sir/ Estimado Señor

Charge d’Affaires Freddy Bersatti Tudela, Embassy of the Republic of Bolivia
3014 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: 1 202 483 4410 I Fax: 1 202 328 3712
Email: [email protected] OR [email protected]
Salutation: Mr. Tudela

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 99.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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