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Venezuela judge orders opposition leader to stand trial
June 6, 2014
The 16th Control Judge of Caracas, Adriana Lopez, on Thursday ordered Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to remain in jail until trial on charges of instigating violence, damaging property and arson committed during a political rally on February 12. Lopez is the leader of the Popular Will p....... [more]

HRW: Venezuela security forces abusing protesters
May 6, 2014
Venezuelan security forces have abused and unlawfully detained protesters, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Monday. The rights group launched its investigation following a demonstration in February where three protesters were killed by Venezuelan security forces. In its invest....... [more]

Venezuela president announces arrest of generals accused of plotting coup
March 26, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday that three air force generals were arrested and brought before a military tribunal for plotting a coup. In his remarks on Venezuela's state run broadcast, Maduro stated that the three generals, who he did not name, were "trying to turn the a....... [more]

UN experts call for answer on violence in Venezuela
March 6, 2014
A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on th....... [more]

UN human rights chief calls for end to violence in Venezuela
February 28, 2014
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned the recent political violence in Venezuela, and urged all parties involved to move towards meaningful dialogue in hopes of resolving the situation. In an official statement, Pillay expressed serious concern at the amount of v....... [more]

UN rights office calls for peaceful resolution of Venezuela protests
February 15, 2014
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called on all parties involved in the violent protests in Venezuela to open dialogue to resolve the situation after three were killed in demonstrations on Wednesday. Protests against current President Nicola....... [more]

Venezuela officially withdraws from international human rights court
September 11, 2013
Venezuela's government officially withdrew from an international human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling a plan by former president Hugo Chavez. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) because the IACHR....... [more]

Venezuela high court dismisses presidential election lawsuit
August 9, 2013
The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by presidential candidate Henrique Capriles challenging the results of the March election. Capriles lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela's presidential election, which took place following the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro was th....... [more]

Venezuela announced release of 40 percent of prisoners to reduce overcrowding
July 31, 2013
On July 31, 2011, Venezuelan Minister of Prisons Iris Varela announced plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding. Other countries have implemented similar measures, including Bangladesh, which released inmates in June 2008 and August 2010. In June 2....... [more]

Venezuela president said constitutional reforms would protect private property rights
July 22, 2013
On July 22, 2007, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that constitutional reforms would include private property rights. The proposed reforms would have allowed Chavez to stand indefinitely for reelection, handpick local leaders under a new political map, create new types of communal property....... [more]

Argentina court sentences former president to 7 years in prison
June 15, 2013
The Court of Cassation of Argentina, the highest criminal court, sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem of selling illegal weapons to Croatia and Ecuador during his presidency. The now-Senator Menem pleaded innocence, claiming that the weapons were intended for Panama and Venezuela but we....... [more]




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