Bolivian government takes steps to protect vulnerable indigenous groups


The Bolivian government is implementing measures to ensure the protection of vulnerable indigenous groups in the nation.

The online publication Patriagrande.com writes that lawmakers in Bolivia recently approved a law that would punish a variety of offenses with up to 25 years in prison. The aim of the law is to protect indigenous groups that are in danger of cultural or ethnic extinction.

Patria Grande reports that offenders who commit crimes of “cultural genocide, cultural disturbance, financing cultural disturbance, and environmental damage” will incur anywhere from two to 25 years in prison. The new sanctions are part of a modification made to the section covering genocide in the Bolivian penal code.

According to Patria Grande, crimes outlined by the new law include “causing death or injuring” indigenous peoples, as well as “submitting [indigenous peoples]to inhumane living conditions, forced assimilation, measures intended to prevent their reproduction, or the violent displacement of children or adults to other groups.”

The new law also provides penalties for environmental damage that affects indigenous peoples, including the spreading of disease, polluting or adulterating of water sources, medications, or food, and causing food scarcity.

What do you think, commenters? Should the Peruvian government consider taking similar steps to protect indigenous groups that are in danger of dying out?New law would punish intentional damage to indigenous communities with up to 25 years of prison.



Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.