Senior Bolivian officials convicted for deaths of demonstrators

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Seven former senior Bolivian political and military officials have been convicted for killing demonstrators during the 2003 anti-government demonstrations known as "Black October".

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has welcomed the news and is calling on the Bolivian government to ensure that the victims receive reparation.

After a trial that lasted two years, five military officers have recently received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years.

The former Ministers of Sustainable Development and of Employment were sentenced to three years each.

Rupert Colville is the spokesman for the UN human rights chief.

"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is welcoming a historic decision by the top court in Bolivia to convict two former ministers and five senior military officers for their involvement in the deaths of more than 60 people during demonstrations in 2003. She is commending the Bolivian Supreme Court for its decision and has described it as an important step in the fight against impunity."

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