Ahead of a plenary debate in the European Parliament on Thursday concerning the current situation in Bolivia and the arrest of former President Jeanine Áñez, the ECR Policy Group on Euro-Latin-American relations (Eurolat) held a hearing yesterday to address “the need for EU action against repression in Bolivia”.
Former President of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga and Maria Corina Machado, a human rights activist and politician from Venezuela, reported about the arbitrary and illegal detention of Jeanine Áñez, the former interim President of Bolivia by the Bolivian authorities, two of her former ministers and several police and military officers.
Mr. Jorge Quiroga said:
“The EU was here, they know what happened. If they keep silent, they are complicit with the criminalisation and the destruction of democracy.”
Speaking after the meeting, ECR Eurolat Chairman Hermann Tertsch said:
“Many people don’t understand why the EU External Service cares so little about human rights in Latin America while they are so quick to condemn other things.
“We are very worried about the office of Mr Borrell in the region. In our opinion, the EU must put this matter high in its agenda.”
ECR Eurolat Vice Chair Anna Fotyga added:
“I´m very concerned about the situation in countries like Cuba, Venezuela and now, unfortunately, Bolivia.
“My final message is very simple, and it is directed to Bolivia, Bolivians and people in Latin America; we stand by you.”
The ECR Group had asked for the debate to take place in the European Parliament. In June, the ECR Group is organising a Eurolat Summit to address the systematic suppression of the democratic opposition in Latin American Countries. The Spanish VOX delegation of the ECR Group had recently sent a letter condemning events taking place in Bolivia.
Link to the EuroLat Policy working Group on the ECR Group’s website: ECR EuroLat // ECR Group
Link to the letter of the Vox delegation in the ECR Group: Carta de Madrid - Fundación Disenso (fundaciondisenso.org)