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Yatiri, community healer, invoking Mama Coca's support

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Evo Morales Ayma,
President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia .

Your Excellency,

Hereby I have the honor to congratulate you, the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the consumers of your country for the acceptance by the UN earlier this year of the traditional custon of chewing coca. I am also pleased that the Bolivian producers can in the future tranquily cultivate the sacred leaves for traditional consumption.

Therefore I want to express my concern at the persistent reports of the eradication of the crops of traditional producers and their persecution, especially with regards to recent events in the town of Apollo, where women and children were maltreated and the coca growers union leaders imprisoned.

I want to ask you furthermore to ensure that the emprisoned growers have a rapid and fair trial and that the eradication of coca crops is done honestly and fairly, respecting ancient customs and acquired rights. I also hope that you make sure that the traditional growers will receive their part of the funds provided by the European Union to reward for the eradication of their coca plots.

Thanks for your attention to this matter,

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- Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropAid (Directorate G. For Latin America and   mCaribbean)
- Commission for Development (DEBE/DCI) of the European Parliament, Ms. Eva Joly, President
- Commission for Human Rights (DROI) of the European Parliament, Ms. Barbara Lochbihler, President
- Plataforma COLI – Coca Orgánica, Libre e Informada – Cochabamba, Bolivia

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