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UN criticizes as “devastating” Venezuela’s decision to pull out from human rights court

Thursday, July 26th 2012 - 21:17 UTC
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United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Thursday that Venezuela's pullout of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR Court) would be “devastating” for the international organization. Spokesperson Rupert Colville said the move “will be not good for Venezuela either.” Read full article


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  • BritishguyfromLondon

    We've suspected for years but now we KNOW that Venezuela does not respect human rights.

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 09:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    With teachers like Cuba, Iran, Russia, Venezuela's Chávez is getting excellent mentoring to isolate itself from any critical look at its human rights abuses. In turn, Chávez teaches Ecuador and Bolivia how to behave in the new axis of back-sliding abuse states.

    Part of the responsibility for Venezuela's criminal state being vested in Chávez lies with Venezuelan voters who return this criminal to power, but having been in power since 1998, so many criteria of Venezuelan society have deteriorated: corruption now worst in Western Hemisphere next to Haiti, violence and culture of violence is extremely poor - and transgressions against human rights are growing. Leaving the IACHR only confirms that Chávez' abusive regime prefers to avoid the glare of international human rights protectors.

    Amnesty International Venezuela:

    Human Rights Watch Venezuela:

    Corruption Perception Index 2011:

    Global Peace Index:

    Wiki on homicides 2010:

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor

    Surprised?......... No!

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 09:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troneas

    @1. very few countries do. the US and the UK are not one of them either.

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 10:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    And he is right, I'm afraid. Who do these anglos think they are kidding anymore? The human rights court has mounds of papers on the US atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, heck, there was a new one about US medical experiments with Guatemalan indians, straight from the Mendelev “how to further science” book of tricks.

    Has the USA been condenmed? No. Of course it is a US pawn and the last thing the US cares about is human rights.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 12:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    “Whataboutism” is a time-tested Soviet argument tactic that never loses its attraction to distract. You think Soviets are imprisoned by communism - what about American Negroes? You think Falkland Islanders have a right to self-determination - what about Chagossians? You think Cubans deserve democracy - what about Guatemalan Indians?

    Whataboutism Wiki:

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 03:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    5: you say “anglos” and then go on about the USA, make your bloody mind up.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 05:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    It seems to upset Hispanics that the Anglo Saxons dominate the world.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 07:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    I'm with Chavez on this one, the “Human Rights Industry” conspires against common sense and needs an urgent overhaul.
    Well done Venezuela.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    Great. So Chavez´s enemies are the free press, television and radio stations, which he is closing down all over and now the Human Rights organizations.

    The boy doesn´t like criticism, he can´t stand his regime´s brutality towards his opposition being exposed. Just like in Cuba, the opposition leaders have become traitors, puppets of the evil empire.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishguyfromLondon

    @4 Oh, believe me, the UK respects human rights. Every week some terrorist like Abu Quatada is spared from the deportation that they deserve because it may violate their human rights. It's ridiculous how tolerant our human rights courts are. You are stunningly out of touch if you believe that Britain doesn't respect human rights

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 10:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    The man has as much cultured nature as that of a carbuncle. Such people carry the seeds of their own self-destruction; less humanity means less self-care.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 10:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @4 Fortunately, neither the UK nor the US attempts to descend to the depths that Chavez has already reached. Rules with the consent of only 25% of the population. Has destroyed economy. Has no democratic mandate. Venezuela had already managed to be the least democratic state in South America. How much further down will it go?
    @5 “Human rights” in Venezuela. Virtually non-existent. Attacks on journalists and human rights defenders. Lack of press freedom. Poor administration of “justice” influenced by politicos and the military. Agrarian violence, including murder. Police violence and extrajudicial killings. Venezuela today sounds like nazi Germany. What will it be like next year?
    @12 Where does he get this concept of “dignity”? He's a ranter. A Goebbels. A Hitler. A bully.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 12:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ira Curtis

    Basics of criminal and civil law...
    One: You can not judge yourself.
    Second: You have the right not to incriminate yourself.

    Chavez knows what he is doing.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 12:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • TreborDoyle

    Bye bye Venezuala and Chavez ... you never really brought anything to the table anyway!

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop.

    The Fourth Horseman of the apocalypse (the rider of the green horse) is coming for him and Venezuala.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 03:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    “Great. So Chavez´s enemies are the free press, television and radio stations”

    Do you know who else has recently ceased all collaboration with the OHCHR? Little Israel! Israel's friends are the free press, the UN, and human rights NGOs, but of course that won't prevent the likes of Western supremacists like to from excusing away any and all of its policies.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 04:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit86

    ** won't prevent the likes of Western supremacists like you from excusing away any and all of its policies.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 04:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    Forgetit?? you seem to be drunk in charge of a keyboard!!!!

    WTF has “Little Isreal” got to do with Chávez's human rights record?

    Or for that matter what has “Western supremacy” got to do with Chávez's human rights record?

    And Chávez's Human Rights record is pretty dodgy, so I guess it doesn't really surprise anyone that he leaves the IACHR.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 05:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit86

    When Chávez lashes out at some international institution, watchdog, I don't know, he gets branded as a budding dictator. When, however, a country of the Western team, such as Israel, gets targeted, then said institution is accused of bias and the international press closes rank behind its critics.

    Don't know everything that's going on here, in this Venezuelan case, but there are questions that should be asked: this man is a terrorist, yet he's been given shelter by the US. Is the UN also criticizing the US's human rights record for allowing a terrorist to walk freely on its streets? Let's not forget that the Afghanistan war was justified on the basis that that country's rulers, the Taliban, allegedly refused to hand over Bin Laden to the US. And the US's also given asylum to Luis Posada Carriles, the worst terrorist of the Western Hemisphere. Has the US been criticized over this? If the UN is focusing all its criticisms on Chávez, then it deserves the reaction it's gotten.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 06:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malicious bloke

    It isn't just venezuela either, LatAm and caribbean makes up all but one of the bottom 23 countries in the list, the other being south africa.

    I guess it's what happens if you take greasiest and most unpleasant of the dregs of spanish society and breed them in an isolated environment.

    A campaign of mass sterilisation would probably do wonders for them all

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 06:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit86

    Latin America's murder rate is largely influenced by two factors: (1) large urban populations; (2) economic inequality across social classes and ethnicities. Before the 90s, when Latin America was less unequal and was yet to go through the unemployment crisis of the 90s, urban violence and the drug trade weren't nearly as problematic then as they are now. That is, the region's problems emanate from historic events, not from their genetics, as you, racist, ignorant Britard, mor0nically suggest.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    With very few exceptions, most countries in Latin America suffer from very inefficient and corrupted police forces who regularly commit human right violations against local populations. That´s why I find it imperative that countries cooperate with IACHR and other human rights organizations.

    Jul 27th, 2012 - 07:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    Washington Post's recent editorial of the Chávez régime in Venezuela expresses their concern for the prospect of democracy and human rights. Equally troubling is their brief portrayal of the régime's victimization of an independent judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni:

    Jul 28th, 2012 - 03:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    This OAS human rights group seems like a complete US puppet, taking the side of a terrorist who fled to the US while on bail, saying his conditions were intolerable; well when will the untried terror suspects in Guantanamo be bailed?!

    Aug 01st, 2012 - 07:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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