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Legislation and International Accords

Today in Bolivia, torture and other forms of state violence remain in practice despite Bolivian legislation prohibiting torture and the fact that the Bolivian state has signed and ratified international agreements against torture.



Paragraph 1, article 15 of the political constitution of the state, determines that every person has the right to life and physical, psychological and sexual integrity, and that nobody will be tortured, or suffer cruel, inhuman, degrading or humiliating treatment.
Paragraph 1, article 256 of the constitutional text, establishes that the international treaties and instruments involving human rights which have been signed, ratified or those which had been adhered to by the state will be preferentially applied.


Law 1939- 10th February 1999, Bolivia ratified the convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments or punishments.
Law 3298- 12th December 2005, Bolivia ratified the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatments or Punishments.
Law 3454- 27th July 2006, Bolivia passed the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture, by which Bolivia commits to prevent and sanction those actions which threaten rights.