Toribia Lero Quispe

Toribia Lero Quispe is an indigenous leader and activist from the Sura Nation in Bolivia. She currently serves as a member of the Bolivian Legislative Assembly and is a leader of the democratic opposition party where she is known for her defense of human rights, in particular, indigenous peoples and women’s rights.

Since 1996, she has been a prominent voice in indigenous communities serving as Deputy General Coordinator of the Andean Coordination of Indigenous Organizations, advisor on Indigenous Law for several regional organizations in the Andean and Amazon region of Bolivia, member of the Major Group on Indigenous Peoples and SDGs, member of the women’s working group of RED DESC, member of the UN Women Bolivia Advisory Group, and participant in the Constituent Assembly process from 2006-2009.

In 2019, independent election observers from the Organization of American States and the European Union uncovered electoral fraud committed by the administration of Evo Morales, and Lero Quispe was one of the politicians whose election had been tampered with. For her work opposing the authoritarianism of Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism party, Lero Quispe and her fellow Bolivian Democrats routinely face violence, intimidation, and widespread judicial persecution.

Speeches

Bolivia

Fighting For Democracy in Bolivia with Toribia Lero Quispe

Toribia Lero Quispe, indigenous leader and member of the Bolivian Legislative Assembly, addresses the 16th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for her remarks. **Vídeo y transcripción en español abajo Prepared remarks: I am in this Forum, to share with you what is happening in