Basically, there is no absence of civil liberty in Bolivia.There are laws providing legal base for freedom of press, assembly, demonstration and cultural or religious events. People are allowed to voice out their opinion in different forms, for example, via mediafreedom-speech-SLIDER.jpg











Though there is no absence of civil liberty, it is sometimes challenged. For example, police would rely on force to suppress violent protest which caused many deaths. Besides, the freedom of press is seriously violated by the enaction of two sets of law. In recent years, a law, referred to Article 107 of the new Bolivian Constitution , was passed for allowing government regulating journalism. Under this law, government is entitled to censor the press published. Also, after the enaction of Article 16 and 23 of the Law Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination , any racially discriminatory statements published in the media can result in sanctions. The government can
withdraw their operating licenses and put them into jail.

bolivia_blank_front_pages_400.jpg Furthermore, there is a lack of further respect to human right. According to Universal Human Right Index, it is recommended to intensify more awareness campaign to combat different forms of discrimination.It indicates that human right is not reaching satisfactory level.







Reference:

Misty, Seemans (2010)'Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression in Bolivia'.The Human Rights Brief.[online],Available: http://hrbrief.org/2010/10/situation-of-the-right-to-freedom-of-expression-in-bolivia/

U.S. Department of State.(2010).International Religious Freedom Report 2010.America: Author.[online],Available:: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2010/148736.htm