Inequality in education and health in Bolivia is striking. The gaps in child mortality and malnutrition are wider in Bolivia than in other Latin American countries. Disparities in literacy rates between urban and rural residents are vast. These inequalities suggest Bolivia is failing to ensure equal enjoyment for all people of economic, social and cultural rights. 

Making Human Rights Accountability More Graphic

CESR's fact sheet on Bolivia provides a graphic overview of selected elements of the human rights to health and education, highlighting areas where government efforts to realize these rights may be inadequate. It was prepared in light of Bolivia's appearance before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in May 2008.

The 40th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

CESCR is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Part of CESCR's 40th session (April 28-May 26, 2008 in Geneva) focused on the consideration of the state reports submitted by Bolivia. In light of its consideration of Bolivia's reports, and the subsequent discussion, the Committee adopted a set of concluding observations. These concluding observations list principal subjects of concern along with suggestions and recommendations to the State party.

Other NGO Reports

Other NGOs also contributed parallel reports on the Bolivian government's compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. These organizations included:

Get Involved

To find out more about how the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights works, and how you can work with it, see CESR's manual on how to submit reports. There are also various legal means related to the UN to hold states to account for their legal human rights obligations.

Bolivia Fact Sheet
Inequality in education and health, regional disparities in child mortality, malnutrition and urban-rural gaps in literacy rates suggest Bolivia is not ensuring the equal enjoyment of all people to economic, social and cultural rights (2008).
Bolivia goes hungry on World Food Day
CESR has collaborated on a new report addressing hunger and food insecurity in Bolivia. This October 16, as the international community marks World Food Day, it behoves us to remember that hunger is not the inevitable result of natural factors. Rather, it is the direct ramification of deliberate political choices made by those in power.
International Mission Focuses on Right to Food in Bolivia
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero and Sally-Anne Way
March 2nd, 2011
Bolivia has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean, which affects 27 percent of children under five. CESR's Sally-Anne Way recently visited.