On December 15, 2007, the Bolivian Constituent Assembly unveiled the final and definitive text of the new Bolivian constitution.
Article 14, paragraph II, of the document states explicitly that:
"The State prohibits and punishes all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation [and] gender identity."
If this text of the Bolivian constitution is ratified, Bolivia will be the first country in the world to protect gender identity-related concerns.
Also, Article 66 of the new constitution says that,
"Men and women are guaranteed the exercise of their sexual and reproductive rights."
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is urging people to send letters of congratulations to the GLBT´S Collective of Bolivia and everyone who has: participated in the email campaign; attended preparatory meetings for territorial hearings in the four Bolivian departments where the proposal was submitted; presented materials to each of the committees or inserted the proposal into the debate during committee hearings; distributed flyers; assembled information tents; or commented verbally on the proposal with a variety of key actors.
Please send your letter of congratulations to:
COLECTIVO GLBT´S DE BOLIVIA
Sr. Ronald B. Céspedes
Official Spokesman of GLBT Bolivian Collective before Constituent Assembly
SR. WILLMER GALARZA
Presidente del Colectivo GLBTs de Bolivia
Sr. Evo Morales Ayma
email form - http://www.presidencia.gov.bo/presidente/cartas_presidente.asp
BOLIVIAN VICE PRESIDENT
Sr. Álvaro García
Fax: (591) (2) 2201211
Please also send a copy of your letter to:
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading human rights organization solely devoted to improving the rights of people around the world who are targeted for imprisonment, abuse or death because of their sexuality, gender identity or HIV/AIDS status. IGLHRC addresses human rights violations by partnering with and supporting activists in countries around the world, monitoring and documenting human rights abuses, engaging offending governments, and educating international human rights officials. A non-profit, non-governmental organization, IGLHRC is based in New York, with offices in Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. Visit http://www.iglhrc.org for more information
- JOEY NELSON