Legal assistance

The assistance provided is reserved for people affected by torture and other forms of state violence who require legal advice.

The legal assistance comprises of:

  • Legal guidance and procedural help for claiming reparations guaranteed by law

  • Requests for forensic examinatio memorials

  • Requests for the government ministries about the reparation laws

  • Requests for medical evaluation and cancellations of compensations

  • Certification procedures

  • Sponsoring and drafting complaints about acts of torture, state violence and other human rights violations

Faced with the invisibility of torture, ITEI with other organisations of the Coalition against Torture, carries out a tenacious job to denounce torture and fight for a change of attitude in the government that denies the existence of torture in Bolivia. ITEI also works closely with other organisations to gain international audience and support for our purposes.

ITEI's legal activities:

  • The presentation of medical and pyschological reports for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

  • National and international campaigns pressing the government to sign and ratify international agreements. In 2004, ITEI organised an international campaign requesting the government to sign and ratify the OPCAT treaty. Bolivia signed this in 2005 and ratified in 2006.

  • International campaigns commemorating the "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture" on June 26th together with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

  • The Istanbul Protocol and its implementation in practice. A manual for the investigation and effective documentation of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

  • Drafting of preliminary law against torture and the creation of National Prevention Mechanism in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, other human rights organisations in Bolivia and international organisations, such as the UNHCR. The preliminary law can be read here.