Bolivian women demand penalties for defenders of femicides | News
Bolivian feminist organizations mobilized this Wednesday to demand fair sanctions for lawyers, prosecutors, judges and police officers who have illegally protected and released citizens sentenced for femicide and sexual abuse.
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The group of Mujeres Creando que from El Alto participated in the day, where it gathered hundreds of people and went to the doors of the Departmental Court of Justice (TDJ) of La Paz demanding justice for releasing femicides.
During the march for March 8, the senator of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), Virginia Velasco, specified that it is an objective “to eradicate violence with public policies so that the macho mentality changes.”
“There is not going to be a true justice reform as long as judges who look like gangsters continue to be in charge of it, because I myself said: who do I have to take more care of, the aggressor who commits an act of rape or the judge who frees him to continue loose raping more people?”, said the lawyer and activist Jéssica Echeverría.
Similarly, Echeverría specified that there is an absence of the State and the Judiciary in acts of violence and an example are the cases of justice administrators who were involved in acts of prevarication for benefiting femicides and rapists with house arrest.
This situation was uncovered as a result of the case of serial femicide Richard Choque Flores, who was released and did not serve his sentence and for which the Bolivian government created a Commission for the Review of Cases of Rape and Feminicide.
According to the Minister of the Presidency, María Nela Prada, “failures have been identified in certain regulations that make up the penal system. For this reason, proposals to modify the laws have been worked on”.
On February 18, María Nela Prada reported that at the moment, 135 people have been detected in the Andean country who did not serve their sentence for crimes alluding to Rape and Femicide.
The Women’s Circle organization denounced the 108 femicides that occurred in Bolivia in 2021, as well as the 46,774 crimes registered within the framework of Law 348 that tries to guarantee a life free of violence against women.
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The judges here are not afraid of anything or anyone, the violations do not matter to them. pic.twitter.com/Fo3hrSf2Z1
– Jessica Echeverría (@AbogadaJessicaE)
March 7, 2022
The collective also demanded that the Government of Bolivia enact the amending Law 348, as well as a legal audit and follow-up of all cases of femicide. The Women’s Circle proposal calls for sufficient budgets for the operation of the entire system of prevention, care, persecution and punishment of sexist violence at all levels of the State.