Bolivia is a democracy where credible elections have been held regularly. However, electoral manipulation in 2019 prompted mass protests and violence that led to the resignation of long-time president Evo Morales, with new general elections expected in 2020. Child labor and violence against women are persistent problems, independent and investigative journalists face harassment, and the judiciary is politicized and hampered by corruption.
Countries in the Spotlight
Countries in the Spotlight features countries that experienced important developments in 2019 that affected their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny in 2020. In Bolivia, protesters helped oust President Evo Morales after he claimed a fourth term in a severely compromised election, and a new vote is expected this year. View the full Freedom in the World report to see the other Countries in the Spotlight.
Testimony on Freedom of Expression in Asia
Testimony and remarks
Bolivia: Supreme Decree Threatens Freedom of Expression
May 14, 2020
Six Countries to Watch in 2020
April 9, 2020
Bolivians Reject Extending Presidential Term Limit
February 21, 2016
Latin America Shows That Democratization Is Possible Anywhere
August 3, 2015