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Concluding Observations, CCPR/C/BOL/CO/3, 29 October 2013: Bolivia

7. Although the Committee applauds the legislative and regulatory framework adopted to eliminate all forms of discrimination, it is concerned by the inadequacy of the mechanisms and resources for its implementation and by the lack of information on the progress of criminal or administrative proceedings involving discrimination cases. The Committee is also disturbed about the persistence of impunity for acts of violence and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity (arts. 2 and 26).

The State party should ensure that its public policies are such as to ensure that sufficient resources and mechanisms are in place for the implementation of its legislative framework to combat discrimination at all levels of the State. It should also conduct extensive campaigns to educate and sensitize the general public and to provide training for members of the public sector that will promote tolerance and respect for diversity. The State party should state publicly that it will not tolerate social stigmatization, discrimination or violence of any kind based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The State party should also ensure that all acts of violence motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity are investigated and that the perpetrators are brought to justice and punished. It should also take appropriate steps to ensure that acts of discrimination are investigated and that victims obtain reparation.

Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CCPR-Bolivia-2013-eng