La Paz, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, said today that the United States lacks the moral and legal authority to criticize the policy of Bolivia against human trafficking and smuggling.
Morales said on his Twitter that, since the U.S. administration ‘cannot criticize our policy of fighting drug trafficking, it uses any excuse to attack us.
He argued, ‘Bolivia is not only fulfilling its commitments, but we are working together with our neighbors and the international community to combat human trafficking and smuggling’.
The president commented in another Tweet that the United States does not have the moral or legal authority to certify or decertify any sovereign state, so his nation strongly rejects the attempt to undermine the commitment to fight the scourge of human trafficking and smuggling.
Morales’s statements come in response to the recent announcement by the U.S. government to include Bolivia on its so-called blacklist of countries that allegedly do not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of this crime, the measure of which could lead to the imposition of sanctions
The United States included Bolivia in a list of 22 nations, with the apparent argument that it does not comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and did not demonstrate that it is making progressive efforts.
For its part, the Bolivian government has bilateral agreements with Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay for border protection, among other actions, aimed at combating this and other crimes.