Bolivian history is rife with torture, massacres and other forms of organised violence by State agents. Pervasive human rights violations have been a feature of Bolivian life throughout all epochs of its history, including during the colonial time, in the Republic, during past dictatorships and during democratic governments. Dictatorship predominated between 1964 and 1981 with widespread abuses including enforced disappearances and the use of torture as a tool of political repression against leftist parties and trade unions. With the return of democracy, the use of torture as a repressive instrument has decreased but still persists today. 

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