La Paz, Bolivia, Aug 31, 2021 / 16:10 pm
The bishops of Bolivia expressed Monday their concern "over the deplorable human rights situation in the country and the manipulation of the administration of justice."
In an Aug. 30 message the bishops said that the "judicial system has become a tool of revenge in the hands of those who hold power" and ignores the "set of rights and freedoms in democracy, typical of a state with the rule of law.”
Jeanine Áñez, who served as the country’s interim president from November 2019 to November 2020, was arrested in March on charges of terrorism, sedition, and conspiracy.
The justice system, the bishops said, ignores "the separation of powers, seriously harming democracy and causes so many citizens to suffer and be defenseless.”