On 27 February, a work vehicle being driven by Miguel González was shot at by two men on a motorcycle. The shot narrowly missed him. Amnesty International is seriously concerned for his safety.
Miguel González works for the Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social (CEJIS), which promotes the rights of Indigenous and peasant communities, including assisting communities in claiming their communal land rights. Miguel González is the regional director of the CEJIS office in the town of
Miguel González had been followed three days earlier on 24 February. He was followed first by a red and silver van with tinted windows and then a motorcycle. As he drove towards his house on the outskirts of the town, he noticed the van following him. The van flashed at him as if he wanted to overtake. However, when he stopped to let the van pass, it stayed behind him. The van then made a turn in front of Miguel González who turned in the opposite direction and noticed he was still being followed by a motorcycle. When the motorcycle had to give up the pursuit due to the difficult terrain the rider shouted insults at him.
On several occasions unidentified individuals have called at Miguel González’ home asking his family members for his whereabouts. Following the recent attack Miguel González filed a complaint with both the police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office in
The latest attack comes after a series of acts of intimidation against CEJIS staff in
Attacks against CEJIS have threatened their work for many years. Other CEJIS offices have also been subjected to threats and harassment as a result of their work. On
Racially-motivated attacks on organizations and individuals working for the rights of
Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Miguel González and other members of CEJIS;
- urging the authorities to take immediate and effective action to protect Miguel González and members of CEJIS, in line with the precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, so that they can perform their legitimate work without fear of attack or harassment;
- calling for a full and impartial investigation into the attack against Miguel González, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice.
Beni District Public Prosecutor
Fiscalía de Distrito de Beni
Dr. Gilberto Adad Suárez
Fiscal de Distrito
Fax: + 591 3 4622420
Salutation: Sr. Fiscal Distrital / Dear District Prosecutor
Sr. Prefecto del Departamento
Plaza Ballivián acera Sur s/n,
Fax: +591 3 4652157 / 4620200 / 4627069 / 4624830
Salutation: Sr. Prefecto / Dear Prefect
CEJIS - Trinidad
Avenida Dorado, No. 88,
Trinidad, departamento de Beni, Bolivia
Fax: + 591 3 4622976 (if someone answers say ‘tono de fax por favor’, a request to be put through to the tax tone)
and to diplomatic representatives of Bolivia accredited to your country.
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