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The Coalition Against Torture

ITEI, with the help of the Bolivian office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, lead the creation of the Coalition Against Torture.

The members of the coalition are:

  1. Instituto de Terapia e Investigación sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura y la Violencia de Estado (ITEI)
  2. The Permanent Assembly of Human Rights, Bolivia (APDHB)
  3. The Community of Human Rights
  4. Bolivian Chapter on Human Rights, Democracy and Development
  5. Catholic Pastoral Penitentiary of Bolivia
  6. Bolivian Society of Forensic Science
  7. CDC: Programme for Legal Advice, Assistance, Conciliation and Awareness of Citizen´s Rights
  8. Pastoral Social Cáritas Bolivia
  9. The Permanent Assembly of Human Rights, La Paz
The aim of the Coalition is to promote and implement joint actions to comply with national norms and international instruments of prevention, investigation and the sanction of incidents of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. 

“INTERINSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COALITION FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST TORTURE AND CRUEL, INHUMANE AND DEGRADING TREATMENT”

The institutions and organisations signed below committed to Human Rights and working in their defence, whose principal aims are: to promote and implement joint actions to comply with national norms and international instruments of prevention, investigation and the sanction of incidents of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, have agreed to sign this accord to construct the Citizen Coalition for the Fight against Torture and Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment, with the aim of demanding compliance with the obligations set out by the international treaties against torture signed and ratified by the Plurinational State of Bolivia for the prevention of torture, the protection of victims and their rehabilitation.
Read the full document in PDF: Coalición contra la Tortura

Activities developed by the Coalition

  • Seminar with state and civil institutions. ‘Highlighting Torture and Prevention Mechanisms’. Guest Speaker Dr. Mario Croliano, former member of the UN Subcommittee against Torture
  • Proposal regarding a reform of the classification of the crime of torture to be included in the penal code. The proposal is defined in the agreements ratified by the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Sent to the Vicepresident and the President of the Senate.
  • Discussion panel with governmental institutions on: ‘Guidelines for National Prevention Mechanisms”.
  • Commemorated on June 26 the UN Day Against Torture
  • It plans to participate in the IRCT project for the fight against impunity, which ITEI is part of. This project has created a database with the objective of documenting at a national level cases of torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment.