Indigenous peoples in Bolivia
According to preliminary data from the most recent national census (2012), published in 2013, 2.8 million people over the age of 15 – or 41% of the total population – are of indigenous origin.
There are 36 recognised indigenous peoples, the largest being the Quechua and the Aymara, who live in the western Andes.
The 34 indigenous peoples who live in the eastern lowlands of the country include the:
To date, the indigenous peoples have consolidated almost 20 million hectares of land as collective property under the status of Native Community Lands (Tierras Comunitarias de Origen / TCO) – approximately 20% of the total land area.
With the approval of Decree Number 727/10, the TCOs took the constitutional name of Peasant Native Indigenous Territory (Territorio Indígena Originario Campesino - TIOC).
Legislation on Indigenous Peoples
Bolivia has been a party to ILO Convention 169 since 1991 and has ratified:
- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
- International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)
- Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was approved by means of Law No. 3760, on 7 November 2007.
In 2014, Bolivia was due to discuss eight laws of relevance to indigenous peoples.