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Evo's Bolivia Launches App to Fight Racism, Discrimination

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    The app is called "No Racism" and will be available for users on Android and iOS systems at no cost. | Photo: Communication Ministry of Bolivia

Published 20 October 2016
Opinion

The mobile application can be downloaded for free on any Android or iOS phone.

Bolivia's government launched Thursday an application for mobile devices that people can use to report acts of racism and all forms of discrimination, with the aim of lowering rates of such criminal acts nationwide.

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The app is called "No Racism" and will be available for users on Android and iOS systems at no cost. Reports may be sent 24 hours a day by chat or telephone.

The project was created and promoted by the Ministry of Communication and the Vice Ministry of Decolonization in order to facilitate the reporting of these acts in Bolivia.

Users can also read regulations and laws regarding racism, including the Law Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination, as well as request information on filing a complaint and list acts that are considered crimes related to discrimination.

People may also access related news and statistical reports of cases linked to the fight against discrimination in Bolivia.

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"This application is within reach of everyone who has a cell phone, to report and track cases," said the Minister of Communication Marianela Paco as he presented the app at an official event.

According to Paco, the National Committee Against Racism will monitor complaints and take legal action, either criminal or administrative. She said the committee could also include psychological treatment as a sanction for racist expressions.

"What we have to do is take on this challenge and respect and protect the dignity of people," said Paco.

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