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Bolivia: OHCHR South-America carried out first official visit to the country

20 de March, 2018

Photo: UN BoliviaSANTIAGO (20 March 2018) – From 12 to 13 March, representatives of the Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-South America) carried out their first official mission to La Paz, Bolivia, in order to meet with State authorities, with representatives of civil society organizations and with the United Nations System in the country.

During the visit, national counterparts were informed about the Regional Office’s working strategies on technical cooperation and monitoring of human rights situations in Bolivia, in charge of covering the country after the OHCHR country office in Bolivia concluded its activities, in December 2017.

The regional representative a.i. of the OHCHR-South America, Mr. Guillermo Fernández Maldonado, together with the deputy representative, Mr. Xavier Mena, met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, María del Carmen Almendras and other authorities of the portfolio, in order to exchange opinions on the progress and challenges of the human rights situation in the country, with a view to establishing lines of work and mutual cooperation.

Likewise, the OHCHR-South America staff members held meetings with representatives of civil society organizations, to explain how OHCHR will keep working with Bolivia through its Regional Office, as well as to explore support modalities and mutual exchanges.

Meetings were also held with the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Bolivia, Mr. Mauricio Ramírez, and representative of the UN agencies in the country, which explained how OHCHR will continue working in coordination and supporting the UN Country Team from its Regional Office based in Santiago, Chile.

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