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Bolivia praises commission to investigate judges’ conduct

Bolivia praises commission to investigate judges’ conduct

La Paz, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The creation of the commission to review cases of rape and femicides in which those sentenced were released constitutes "a step forward," the Bolivia's Center for Training and Service for the Integration of Women (Cecasem) said.
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“From our point of view, it seems to us an advance and we hope to have a result in these 120 days,” the executive director of Cecasem, Patricia Bustamante, said in statements to Bolivia TV channel.

Speaking on the Primer Plano TV program, Bustamante described as “important” that in this committee of representatives of the State, some instance of the civil society can also participate as actors.

She pointed out that the problem of femicides in Bolivia is structural and requires reinforcing prevention, especially from the educational point of view, in order to contribute to the reduction of violence against women.

Since 1990, Cecasem has been doing preventive work against gender violence, analyzing the situation of people and seeking options for sustainable rural and human development.

According to its web page, Cecasem organizes workshops, seminars and courses aimed at vulnerable sectors such as women, children and teenagers, as well as public officials.

Speaking on the subject, the Minister of the Presidency, Maria Nela Prada, said that following instructions from President Luis Arce, the commission was set up in view of the worrying social concern created by the conduct of judges and justice operators, as proved in the case of the rapist and serial feminicide Richard Choque.

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