In accordance with its mandate, OHCHR-Bolivia advises the executive branch, including the National Police and Armed Forces, on human rights policies and the legislative branch on drafting legislation which is consistent with international standards. In particular, the Office seeks to ensure that recommendations and decisions of UN human rights bodies are taken into account by competent authorities, advising them on the adoption of specific measures for implementation. Furthermore, the Office advises representatives of civil society and the national human rights institution on matters related to the promotion and protection of human rights, including on the use of international protection mechanisms.
In the context of its monitoring and reporting activities, OHCHR-Bolivia can receive information from any source, including victims and witnesses. In order to better monitor the human rights situation throughout Bolivia, the Office carries out regular field missions, including to rural areas, conducts visits to places of detention and monitors particular cases. The Office informs competent authorities of human rights violations and formulates recommendations with a view to possible remedial and preventive actions.
Addressing the long-standing crisis in the administration of justice and the prison system is a priority for OHCHR-Bolivia. In addition to its monitoring activities, the Office provides technical assistance and training for judicial authorities aimed at implementing on-going reforms to reduce high levels of pre-trial detention, judicial delays and corruption, amongst others.
The Office is stepping-up its work to combat sexual and gender based violence, including through work with the police and prosecutors to put into practice new legislation on violence against women, on trafficking and on political violence, as well as following paradigmatic cases of human rights violations against women.
Combatting racism and all forms of discrimination is another focus area for OHCHR-Bolivia. The Office provided support for the adoption of legislation and elaboration of an action plan to combat racism and discrimination and now works with the National Committee against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination towards their full implementation.
OHCHR-Bolivia also focuses on the right of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent through consultation, including by facilitating framework legislation on the right to consultation and monitoring the conduct of such processes in practice. The Office also assists in capacity-building for public officials in charge of the consultations and for indigenous organizations to meaningfully engage in them while respecting their traditional decision-making processes.
OHCHR-Bolivia facilitated the development of human rights indicators on education, employment, food, healthcare, housing and non-violence against women by relevant public institutions and assists them with the generation of data to guide the design of public policy. The Office also promotes the incorporation of a human rights based approach to annual operative plans, policies and budgets, as well as the development and implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan.
The OHCHR country office cooperates closely with other UN Funds, Agencies and Programmes present in Bolivia, including UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF, as well as with international cooperation agencies.