Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bolivian Vice president Garcia Linera said that the Ombudsman must defend the state

CHANGING ROLE • The Vice President of Bolivia, Alvaro Garcia Linera said that the main purpose of the Ombudsman, possessed today, is to defend the revolutionary Constitutional State of Bolivia.


Evo Morales and the Ombudsman Rolando Villena

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LA PAZ, Bolivia. —In the inaugural possession of the Ombudsman the Vice President of Bolivian Alvaro Garcia Linera said that the role of this institution must be the defense of the revolutionary Constitutional state of Bolivia.

Later in a speech at the Government Palace the President of Bolivia Evo Morales Ayma supported Garcia Linera saying that the state is constituted by the people and now that people are in government the Ombudsman must defend the state.

Morales said:

"Opponents are right when they say that the Ombudsman will support the Government, because this Government is synonymous of the people."
The sectors that oppose the Government of Evo Morales said the Ombudsman is an advocate of the MAS, the governing political party of Evo Morales and Garcia Linera.

The legal doctrine says that the Ombudsman is the institution that sets limits to the "right to punish" of the State. Its function is to defend the people of any abuses which may incur the State as well as other institutions belonging to the State.

Bolivian OMBUDSMAN ACT Nº 1818 off 22 December 1997 >

Art. 11.—

2. Investigate and report on its own initiative or following a complaint, the acts or omissions involving violation of human rights, guarantees, individual and collective rights established in the State Constitution, laws, treaties and international conventions adopted by the Bolivian State.

8. The Ombudsman has free access to places of detention, imprisonment, and confinement, without any objection.

9. Ensure respect for ethnic and multicultural nature of the Bolivian state and promote human rights of indigenous and native peoples of the country.

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