Cuban president welcomes approval of OAS resolution on Bolivia

Havana, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel described today the approval in the Organization of American States (OAS) of a Caribbean resolution on Bolivia as a resounding defeat for the United States and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

On his Twitter account, the Cuban president posted a link to the Cubadebate website, which outlines the attempts of the representative of the US, Almagro and the de facto Bolivian government, to reject the resolution presented by the Caribbean Community o(CARICOM) in favor of peace and stability in the South American nation.

The ‘Resolution Rejecting Violence in Bolivia and Calling for Full Respect of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples in the Plurinational State of Bolivia’ was finally approved by 18 countries, while the coup government of that country, Colombia, the United States and the self-proclaimed representative of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, voted against it.

The nations that voted in favor were: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Uruguay and Panama.

Meanwhile, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay abstained, and Haiti was absent.

The approved text expresses deep concerns about the situation of human rights, including racist and discriminatory violence, expressed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in its preliminary observations of December 10, 2019, after its visit to Bolivia.

It condemns human rights violations against the citizens of that country, intimidation against Bolivians of indigenous origin, and intolerance towards their traditional symbols and religious practices.

It also requires the Bolivian authorities to respect, fulfill and effectively implement all their obligations under international law relating to indigenous peoples, especially those related to human rights.

The resolution calls all political and civil actors in that South American nation to seek peace through a frank dialogue that promotes national democratic reconciliation.

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