Category Archive: News

Jul 07

(Español) Foro: “La Tortura Ayer y Hoy”

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May 17

ONU calls for independence in prison controls


The UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) stated that it is urgent that the entity which monitors detention centres and acts of torture in Bolivia be independent of the Executive government, so that it can undertake its work conforming to international requirements.

“Even though we recognise the work of SEPRET (Service for the Prevention of Torture), we are concerned that its independence is compromised due to its subordination to the Ministry of Justice. Functional and administrative independence is a fundamental provision of the treaty’, said Emilio Ginés, member of the SPT.

Ginés refers to the Optional Protocol of the Convention Against Torture, which emphasises prevention in order to protect human rights.

SEPRET was created in 2013 “as a mechanism for the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman, degrading or humiliating treatment or punishment”.

Members of the STP were in Bolivia for nine days to visit 23 prisons. Following this visit, a confidential report will be presented to the Bolivian government with observations and recommendations. Ginés has encouraged the government to publish this report.

On the other hand, he urged them to work on reducing pretrial detention, which still represents 70% of the prison population, which has a direct impact on overcrowding.

“There have been changes in political, institutional and social structures, but more is needed to make those changes a reality and to strengthen the prevention of torture”, said Ginés.

Mar 29

(Español) ITEI asegura que se cometieron tratos crueles e inhumanos contra exfiscal Milton Mendoza

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Mar 01

ITEI’s participation in the general assembly and scientific symposium of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) ‘Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation’. Mexico, 5-9 December 2016

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The international Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and the Mexican Collective Rehabilitation Centre Against Torture and Impunity (CCTI) organized an international scientific symposium  called ‘Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation’ which happened from the 5-7th of December 2016 in Mexico City. IRCT’s international scientific symposium, the 10th of its type, was a unique opportunity for the health sector which dedicates itself to the rehabilitation of survivors of torture to meet up, and exchange experiences and research about the evolution of rehabilitation for survivors of torture. It was a global event about the promise of delivering the right to rehabilitation according to what is established in the Committee against Torture (CAT) and elaborated in the General Observation  of the UN (CAT). The symposium saw a coming together of 140 member centres of IRCT, from more than 70 countries.

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The Institution of Therapy and Investigation about the consequences of Torture (ITEI) participated in the Symposium with a presentation about: Adaptation of Psychosocial Interventions in Indigenous Populations: Quechua, Aymara and Guaraní post social conflict by Emma Bolshia Bravo Cladera, Director of ITEI. Also with a poster about: The work oMarcelof ITEI in Sucre, Pando and Santa Cruz after the events of 2008 in Bolivia by Marcelo Flores, Doctor of ITEI. Andrés Gautier, responsible for the sociotherapeutic area of ITEI also contributed, presenting on the panel about: Influence of service providers in relation to the right to rehabilitation: experiences and challenges.

Jan 10

(Español) Gobierno debe trabajar en “política carcelaria” y desestimar cadena perpetua

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Jan 09

(Español) Según experto Andrés Gautier: 50% de reos es inocente o tiene condenas desproporcionadas

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Nov 22

Discussion Forum: ‘The Scope and Challenges of Psychosocial Support in Latin America’

ITEI invites you to join us in Mexico for a discussion about the ‘Scope and Challenges of Psychosocial Support in Latin America’

Tuesday December 6 2016, 16.00-20.00

Álvaro Obregón 73, Colonia Roma, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, (‘Casa del Poeta’)

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Oct 04

ITEI and IRCT experts discuss implementation of the Istanbul Protocol


This week, the IRCT and two members of the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG) participated in a seminar on the implementation of the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – commonly known as the Istanbul Protocol.


The seminar, which was hosted by IRCT member, Instituto de Terapia y Investigacion (ITEI), discussed key elements in effective documentation of torture. It also highlighted a specific need for improved implementation of medical ethics and the obligations of health professionals to document and report cases of torture independently.


During the seminar, IFEG members Dr Maximo Alberto Duque Piedrahita and Dr Ana Deutsch elaborated on the importance of taking a full medical history, conducting both physical and psychological examinations and providing clear conclusions in medico-legal reports.


Emma Bolshia, Director of ITEI, opened the event by stressing the importance of combatting impunity using the Istanbul Protocol. “We have been working for many years for the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol in Bolivia and we hope that the participation of key national stakeholders and international experts signals a renewed commitment to ensuring that torture victims in Bolivia can have their cases effectively investigated,” said Ms Bolshia.


The workshop was organised by IRCT member ITEI at the Faculty of Forensic Sciences of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia and comprised an audience of civil servants, members of the armed forces, civil society organisations, students and medical professionals.

Sep 10

Prisoner spends nine months unable to see a doctor

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Apolo Case

Juan Bascopé, a prisoner in San Pedro and accused for the Apolo case, reported that he has spent over nine months asking for permission to the judges to receive specialist medical treatment, but until now has received no reply.

“The judges reject my petition every time, and in the same courts they deny it, they say that the judge isn’t here, and my situation is unsustainable, I feel strong pains in my head, thorax and hands, I need specialist medical attention”, he expressed from behind bars.

Bascopé was detained by the police on the 17th of July 2014. On multiple occasions he has said the names of those uniformed persons who tortured him. The lesions were corroborated by the Institution of Prevention against Torture (ITEI).

The leading beekeeper faces charges for the murder of two soldiers, a police officer and a doctor in October 2013 in Apolo (La Paz), during a raid to eradicate illegal coca. Bascopé is the only one detained for this case, the rest were freed.

The last time he saw a doctor was in November 2015 when he received treatment to survive the tortures that they submitted him to.

The beekeeper is undertaking a case of torture against the state that “has obstructed by the action of the prosecution and the police that threatened my witness not to testify”


Amnesty International already has addressed a note to the General District Attorney, Ramiro Guerrero, in order to know what actions have been taken to address Bascopé’s complaint of torture.


Sep 08

(Español) Llegaron expertos en peritajes médicos y psicológicos a personas torturadas

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