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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Bolivia parliament advanced indigenous justice system bill
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On June 8, 2010, the Bolivian National Congress approved legislation that would create an independent justice system for indigenous communities. The Law of Judicial Authority was designed to create a system of "communal justice" that would expedite the settlement of disputes and end the colonization of justice, according to supporters. The bill also created governmental agencies designed to defend the individual and collective rights of Bolivians. The law also restructured the Bolivian courts, creating a greater number of specialized courts. Opponents criticized the bill as a way in which to get more people from the indigenous population on the courts, regardless of merit.

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