Publicado el 07-19-2012
The International organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) with headquarters in New York has published this week a one hundred and thirty-three page document about the situation of human rights and freedom of expression in Venezuela, which it considers has deteriorated since September 2008, when the organization published its previous report about the country.
According to HRW “The accumulation of power in the Executive, the elimination of institutional safeguards and the erosion of human rights protections, have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor and prosecute the Venezuelans who criticize the president or interfere with his political agenda.”
In its report, the organization mentions specific cases of abuse of power by the Chávez government and notices that instead of encouraging pluralism and freedom of expression, the government has broadened and abused its power to “censor its critics.” It specifically mentions the millionaire fine imposed on Globovisión as well as the cause against the network’s president, Guillermo Zuloaga, accused in 2010 of “usury and hoarding” of automobiles.
The HRW report provides detailed recommendations to the Venezuelan government to reverse the damage done to human rights protections in recent years.
Human Rights Watch is a prestigious international non-governmental organization that began in 1978 with the creation of the “Helsinki Watch” to verify the compliance of the Helsinki Accords of 1975”. In 1997 the organization shared in the Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Abolish Landmines.
On its part, the Chávez government makes a mockery out of the established norms on human rights and goes forward with its dictatorial system. This is a daily challenge against the democratic sensibility of the Venezuelan people and public opinion around the world. It is a constant job with extraordinary characteristics of arbitrariness and mockery. The issue of Chávez’s health has entered into a stage in which, in some aspects, it is believed that he has overcome its previous crisis.