Venezuela

Venezuela
Friday, March 7th 2014 - 03:15 UTC

Two more dead in Venezuelan streets as protests continue

The government funded 'colectivos' were instructed to put an end to protestors' barricades

A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said on Thursday.

Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 20:57 UTC

UN human rights experts ask to visit Venezuela to check in situ allegations of abuses

Prosecutor Luisa Ortega said human rights violations by security forces would 'not be tolerated' and has eight suspects under investigation

A group of UN-appointed human rights experts has asked Venezuela for “prompt clarification” of allegations of abuse against anti-government protesters. The six independent experts said that they were “deeply disturbed” by allegations of cases of arbitrary detention of protesters.

Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 05:26 UTC

Thousands of followers of the late Chavez flooded the streets of Venezuela

“Chavez passed into history as the man who revived Bolivar,” said Maduro

Followers of Venezuela's late populist leader Hugo Chavez flooded the streets on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his successor who has faced a month of violent protests.

Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 05:16 UTC

Boudou and Timerman represent Argentina at Chavez anniversary

The Argentine minister came out strongly in support of Maduro

Vice president Amado Boudou and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman represented Argentina at Wednesday's ceremonies in honor of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on his death first anniversary, which was followed by huge crowds in Caracas.

Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 05:10 UTC

Maduro cuts diplomatic relations with Panama for sponsoring an OAS meeting on Venezuela

The Venezuelan president making the announcement during the ceremony to honor the late Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday his government was breaking diplomatic relations with Panama after the country called a special meeting of the Organization of American States, OAS, to address the current state of protests in Caracas.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014 - 23:31 UTC

Venezuela prepares to honor Chavez on the first anniversary of his death

 The charismatic Chavez in 14 years won a dozen national elections and became an international reference figure

Venezuela has geared up for commemorations of populist leader Hugo Chávez's death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of “El Comandante.”

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 05:09 UTC

Minister announces Maduro will inform Unasur on the Venezuela situation

Minister Jaua met with President Mujica (L) and thanked him for his efforts and knowledge of the Venezuelan people

Foreign minister Elías Jaua said that Caracas will not accept international mediation in the current situation faced by Venezuela but nevertheless thanked Uruguay's president Jose Mujica for his efforts and knowledge about what's going on in his country.

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 02:42 UTC

Venezuela political power, 'concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive'

The US State Department also reports severe human rights violations

An executive summary published on Thursday by the US State Department describes Venezuela’s political power as “concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive”, and reported human rights abuses, including corruption, freedom of speech restrictions, and political persecutions amid others.

Wednesday, February 26th 2014 - 23:13 UTC

OAS Permanente Council special meeting on Venezuelan situation suspended

Venezuelan ambassador Chaderton appealed to non compliance of procedure to have it dismissed

The meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), Permanent Council convened to evaluate the possibility of holding a meeting of ambassadors to address the current political situation in Venezuela, has been postponed after pressure from the Venezuelan Government, said Carlos Ponce, coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (Redlad).

Tuesday, February 25th 2014 - 20:35 UTC

US orders three Venezuelan diplomats out of the country in reprisal for similar measure from Maduro

Despite the spat, Maduro announced he plans to name ambassador in Washington

The United States ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave in reprisal for President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion of three US embassy staff accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least 13 people.

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