January 15, 2009

HRW Report: Bolivia

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FYI, below you find the first paragraph on Bolivia of the Human Rights Watch Report 2009.

Bolivia’s deep political, ethnic, and regional divisions and the fragility of its democratic institutions contribute to a precarious human rights situation. Almost two thirds of the population lives below the national poverty line, and over a third— mostly indigenous peoples—lives in extreme poverty.

Since his landslide electoral victory in December 2005, President Evo Morales has sought to introduce a new constitution and other far-reaching reforms. The reform process has contributed to dramatic political polarization within the country, which has led to numerous episodes of political violence. The government’s supporters and its opponents, as well as the police and military, have been accused of killings during violent clashes between rival demonstrators. Investigations into these unlawful killings are often politicized and generally fail to establish criminal responsibility. Despite judicial rulings that civilian courts should have jurisdiction, military courts usually investigate alleged abuses by army troops, further contributing to impunity.

Although Bolivia enjoys diverse media and a vibrant public debate, political polarization has brought violent attacks on journalists and media outlets by both pro-government and opposition demonstrators.

1 comment:

Gringo said...

Mate de coca and moderation in the use of alcohol may not be the only ways for lowlanders to deal with high altitude.

Thanks to the miracles of modern science, Brazilian footballers to ‘game test’ Viagra.

LAHORE: According to the Brazilian club Gremio’s doctor, the miracle sex drug, Viagra, can help football players perform better at altitudes, and wants the Brazilian club to put his theory to the test, Soccernet reported on Friday. Club medic Alarico Endres claimed that he had his ‘eureka’ moment whilst reading a magazine “which wasn’t a medical one”. “Viagra increases and improves blood circulation,” explained Endres. “It, therefore, can improve the performances of players at high altitudes.” At the moment, it is only a theory, but one that is expected to be ‘game tested’ during the Copa Libertadores in particular when the matches are played above 2,500 metres in Bolivia. Soccernet predicts a high-scoring game with Gremio’s rampaging players benefiting from the medicine. How they are going to conceal the medically intended effect of the drug is still unknown.

We shall see.