Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Situation in Venezuela

February 12, 2014 in VenezuelaThe Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter repudiate the events that occurred during and after the peaceful demonstrations by student organizations on February 12, 2014 in Venezuela.  

The group of Friends laments the loss of life and the wounded, and expresses its strong condemnation of the detention of more than 100 students, some of whom reported violations of their physical integrity.
The raid of a political party office without a warrant, and the arrest of Leopoldo Lopez, coordinator of the Voluntad Popular party, raise special concern. This situation constitutes the criminalization of the political activities of opposition groups, which is unacceptable in a democratic society.
Equally concerning are the obstacles to the media to report on these events, including the threat of penalties that leads to self-censorship,  the removal of an international television station from the air, and the lack of paper supplies for print news.

As a result of these serious events, the Friends of the Democratic Charter:
1. Condemn the repression of peaceful demonstrations and the arbitrary detention of Venezuelan students;

2.  Condemn the arbitrary arrest of political leaders;

3. Demand the immediate release of all those who remain detained, under the terms of which the right to personal liberty is guaranteed by the Venezuelan Constitution, the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and other international obligations of the Venezuelan state.  This is without prejudice to the legal processing of those accused of violence or vandalism, guaranteeing due process of law;

4. Demand a thorough, transparent, and independent inquiry into the violence, as well as the allegations of abuse of detained students;

5. Call upon the government of Venezuela to respect and guarantee the necessary conditions for the exercise of political activities by political and social opposition, as guaranteed by the Inter-American Democratic Charter;

6. Remind all Venezuelan that the exercise of their constitutional right to protest must be peaceful, tolerant and respectful of the pluralism of a democratic society.
We urge Venezuelan political leaders to urgently seek mechanisms and solutions to prevent a downward spiral of conflict in the country.

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Baldwin a dictator in the making

#2 Observer... » 2014-02-23 21:26

Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are.
That is saying I have always heard my father say. People always keep company with likeminded people. That is why you see criminals are friends with other criminals. And all those dictators seem to always find each other’s company. Baldwin has over the past years kept some strange company. Like Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Very soon he will become friends with Kim Jong-un


RE: Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Situation in Venezuela

#1 Hmmmm » 2014-02-23 10:14

I guess Dr. BS and his cutthroat gang of UPP thugs condone this type of behavior. I haven't seen or heard a word from him.


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