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Updates on Bolivia
31 Dec 2005
With support from the German Cooperation Agency, GTZ, a consultant was hired to evaluate the implementing process as of October 2005.

The Ministry of Justice began the process of drafting implementing legislation in September 2002. NGOs have expressed their concerns to the President about a lack of substantive progress on implementing legislation.

On 24 May 2002, the Ombudsman's Office reported that Bolivia ratified the legislation incorporating the Rome Statute into domestic law.

Previously, the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on the ICC released a statement that no incompatibility existed between the Bolivian Constitution and the Rome Statute, and thus, recommended ratification of the treaty. The Committee also recommended the establishment of a committee to develop implementing legislation.

A governmental working group was created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in July 2001, comprised of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Defense, the Ombudsman Office and civil society organizations (as observers) to explore possible ratification and implementing legislation. This working group was to have submitted a report on the ICC to the Senate. Both the Executive and the Legislative branches have expressed their interest in speeding up the ratification process.

Previously, the Chamber of Deputies and Human Rights Committee of the Senate approved ratification in May 1999. Ratification was also approved by the Human Rights Committee of the Senate. The Foreign Relations Committee had asked for an opinion by the Foreign Ministry before approving ratification and received a communiqué in support of ratification pending the completion of a technical study by the Foreign Ministry (currently being conducted, as explained above).