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Waldo Albarracín


Waldo Albarracin Sanchez is a longstanding and recognized human rights defender in Bolivia. He was the President of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights of Bolivia (Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia - APDHB) from 1992 to 2003 and the Bolivian Ombudsperson from 2004 to 2010. He is the current Rector of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (La Paz) and President of Comité Nacional de Defensa de la Democracia (National Committee for the Defense of Democracy - CONADE), a civil platform defending political rights.


The environment for human rights defenders in any sector in Bolivia can be quite hostile. Human rights defenders face continuous attacks, threats and acts of intimidation in the country. The lack of response from the government is particularly worrisome and organisations – especially those which work to denounce human rights violations and abuses by the State – have suffered constant harassment and stigmatisation. Civil society has also denounced the lack of actions taken by the Bolivian State in the search for truth, justice and reparation for the serious human rights violations committed during the 18 years of military rule.