IYDU statement on Bolivia

The International Young Democrat Union on Bolivia:

The Executive Board of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) joins our member organization, the Youth of the Democratic Social Movement of Bolivia in solidarity with the national Vice President of the mother party, former Governor Ernesto Suarez who has been unjustly and arbitrarily detained in another act of repression that has characterized the government of Evo Morales. The political use of the judiciary has been the preferred method of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) to try and submit before them any democratic voice and our Bolivian allies have been amongst the most persecuted by this farce.

Having been defeated in his attempt at reforming the Constitution to allow a fourth consecutive term, Morales and his party have radicalized and resorted to an increase in harassment of other political parties as well as independent voices within the Bolivian society. Through completely unfounded allegations, Governor Suarez has become a political prisoner in an act that looks to further intimidate the opposition.

We call upon the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights to look into the subject and take action before Bolivia too, like other countries in the ALBA, falls into systematic violations of basic rights of the people.

The Executive Board of the International Young Democrat Union
April, 2017