LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales issued decrees Tuesday to finance the operation of safe houses for women who are the victims of male violence as well as the police units created to repress this aggression.
In handing down the decrees, Morales said he regretted the delay in enacting those regulations as part of the Comprehensive Law to Guarantee Women a Life Free of Violence, a statute that because it lacked those provisions has not been fully applied despite being passed in March 2013.
The decrees allow a percentage of the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons, or IDH, received by the regions to be allocated to pay for the operation of safe houses for the victims of violence and to strengthen the Special Force for the Fight Against Violence.
Morales said that male violence in Bolivia is a basic problem of society, and since the law was passed a year ago, the number of cases of abuse has decreased, but not as much as one would like.
Despite the fact that the anti-violence law punishes femicide with 30 years in jail with no possibility of pardon or parole, between January and September of this year 93 women were murdered in cases of male violence and 62 for the lack of public safety, according to the private Women’s Information Center.
Since 2009, 585 cases of femicide have been recorded, most of them never prosecuted, the center said.