Legal Support

The aid offered in this field is reserved for people affected by torture and state violence that need legal advice. ITEI’s Iegal support works to offer:

  • Legal guidance and procedures in the interest of redress
  • Applications to request forensic examinations
  • Applications to the ministry of government to gather information on the legal procedures for compensation and redress
  • Request for medical assessments and payment of their compensation
  • Certification and compensation procedures
  • Sponsorship of complaints to denounce acts of torture
We also work together with other human rights organizations to denounce torture and fight for a change of attitude in a government that denies the existence of torture in Bolivia. This denial means that the work of ITEI is of great importance, and needs the support of the international community, today more than ever.

For example:

  • ITEI presents psychological and medical reports it carries out for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
  • ITEI carries out national and international campaigns pressing the government to sign and ratify international agreements. In 2004, we launched an international campaign for the government to sign and ratify the Optional Protocol Against Torture, which was signed and ratified in 2005
  • ITEI participates in international campaigns, such as commemorating on June 26 the UN Day Against Torture, and joining the international campaign of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), “Together Against Torture”.
  • Implementation of the Istanbul Protocol: the Istanbul Protocol is a manual for the investigation and documentation of incidents of torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. It is an initiative by the United Nations which was first presented in 1999 with the aim of combating world torture. ITEI campaigned for the Bolivian government to ratify the Istanbul Protocol.
  • Draft Bill Against Torture: the product of multidisciplinary work which combines the efforts of doctors, psychologists and the suggestions of legal and governmental institutions such as the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, as well as Human Rights organisations in Bolivia, and international organisations such as the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Bolivia, the Latin American Institute of Human Rights, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, and the IRCT. The Draft Bill explains the problem of torture in Bolivia and urges the government to approve the Bill against Torture, and to create a National Prevention Mechanism independent of any government body. Read document (in Spanish) here: Ante Proyecto de la Ley contra la Tortura
ITEI continues to denounce torture through legal means. Examples:
ITEI wrote a report on “Torture in Bolivia” which criticizes the government for denying the practice of torture today. ITEI maintains that in this country no strategy exists to combat torture. Read the full article here: http://www.itei.org.bo/itei-denuncia-que-en-bolivia-hay-una-politica-de-negacion-de-la-tortura/?lang=en
Coalition Against Torture – ITEI helped to create a ‘Coalition Against Torture’ alongside various Human Rights organisations in order to combat torture, impunity and the violations of human rights. Read the full article here: http://www.itei.org.bo/documento-coalicon-contra-la-tortura/?lang=en
Panel discussion: ITEI jointly organised a discussion alongside the Coalition Against Torture on: ‘Guidelines for National Prevention Mechanisms” with participation from representives of governmental entities, Human Rights organisations, and the Service for the Prevention of Torture (SEPRET). Read the full article here: http://www.itei.org.bo/conversatorio-sobre-directrices-relativas-a-los-mecanismos-nacionales-de-prevencion/
Seminar: Alongside the Coalition Against Torture, ITEI organized a two-day seminar with state and civil institutions on ‘Highlighting Torture and Prevention Mechanisms’. Guest Speaker Dr. Mario Croliano, former member of the UN Subcommittee against Torture

Press Dossier:

The following document helps to explain the work ITEI does in pressuring the government to make the National Prevention Mechanism independent. ITEI argues that it is urgent that the Law against Torture is approved, and explains what the law would permit. It would protect citizens from torture, and guarantee their right to rehabilitation. The document also explains the situation of torture today in Bolivia
Read document (in Spanish) Dossier De Prensa