UN rapporteur sees ‘worrying’ and ‘serious’ removal of electoral officials in Bolivia

UN rapporteur García Sayán's statement follows others along the same lines, such as Human Rights Watch director José Miguel Vivanco, who said that the removal of judges violates legal guarantees.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego García Sayán, issued a statement Friday, saying that to remove electoral officials in Bolivia created a "dire situation for the rule of law."

"The actions that have affected the integrity of the electoral courts in Bolivia are worrying. This is a serious matter for the rule of law. I am closely following actions that could undermine the essential independence of these judicial bodies," García-Sayán, a Peruvian, tweeted.

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