Re: [OPE] Venezuela: Rights Suffer Under Chávez

From: paul bullock <>
Date: Fri Sep 19 2008 - 07:42:47 EDT


why do you think this report is published NOW? Who is it aimed at? If Chavez had been assassinated wouldn't have this been balm on the troubled 'liberals' conscience? Diego's note is quite appropriate.

Do you think that it is wrong to disqualify opposition candidate Leopoldo Lopez, currently mayor of Chacao for corruption, having engineered a 60 million bolivars ($106,000) donation to his newly formed political party, Primero Justicia, from the state oil company in 1998 when both he and his mother were working there???? Venezuela's Supreme Court has issued a series of decisions endorsing the Comptroller General's ruling temporarily to disqualify nearly 300 opposition and pro-Chavez Venezuelans accused of corruption from holding public office.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Diego Guerrero
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  Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 11:26 AM
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  Who is behind Human Rights Watch? (2004)
  Under President Clinton, Human Rights Watch was the most influential pro-intervention lobby: its 'anti-atrocity crusade' helped drive the wars in ex-Yugoslavia. Under George W. Bush it lost influence to the neoconservatives, who have their own crusades. But the 'two interventionisms' are not so different anyway: Human Rights Watch is founded on belief in the superiority of American values. It has close links to the US foreign policy elite, and to other interventionist and expansionist lobbies.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Alejandro Agafonow
    Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 10:42 AM
    Subject: [OPE] Venezuela: Rights Suffer Under Chávez

    "The 230-page report, "A Decade Under Chávez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela," examines the impact of the Chávez presidency on institutions that are essential for ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law: the courts, the media, organized labor, and civil society."

    Venezuela: Rights Suffer Under Chávez

    What's happening in Venezuela is worrying. The director of Human Right Watch was expelled from Venezuela. I suppose this report is the reason. But a democratic government should not act like this concerning criticism.


    Recently some political leaders of the opposition were banned for participating in the next election based on corruption charges. But this seems to be a stratagem of Chávez. We did not see this even during the guerrilla back to the 1960's.

    A. Agafonow


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