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Maduro installs a governmental Human Rights Council
an article by Diario de Cuba (abridged)

The Government of Venezuela installed Thursday [May 1] a National Council for Human Rights, a body attached to the Executive that, according to Caracas, will coordinate the actions of state bodies and non-governmental organizations in this field and disseminate the "progress " of the "revolution," according to the EFE press agency.

Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza

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The Government of Venezuela installed Thursday a National Council for Human Rights, a body attached to the Executive that, according to Caracas, will coordinate the actions of state bodies and non- governmental organizations in this field and disseminate the "progress " of the "revolution," according to the EFE press agency.

"This Council is intended to coordinate government authorities and articulate them with human rights organizations," stated Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza .

The government created the Council on the recommendation of the Foreign Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) who are acting as third parties in good faith dialogue between the executive Nicolas Maduro and opposition to find a solution to the political crisis the country has experienced for the past two months .

The vice president himself announced on March 27 the creation of the agency after receiving the recommendation of Unasur to establish a human rights agency linked to the National Executive and the President.

Arreaza said Wednesday that the aim was "to form a body that depended on the executive branch and to address the issues and specific cases of human rights."

He added that it is "a coordination agency" that "does not take the place of" the powers vested in other human rights institutions.

"Some of the criticism and self-criticism that we have made as a state and that we have received from human rights organizations have agreed is that we have not promoted, disseminated, informed enough about the progress ( ... ) we have made during these 15 years of revolution," said Arreaza .

Composed of senior officials, the Council will aim to find the "how" to obtain "progress" by the Government on human rights, he said .

To begin the Council has created a commission "to coordinate the various plans, articulate these inputs, in order to nurture a national human rights plan," Arreaza said.

The Council will be composed of thirteen people including, Arreaza; the Interior Minister, Miguel Rodríguez ; the Ombudsperson, Gabriela Ramírez; Attorney General Luisa Ortega , and the president of the Supreme Court, Gladys Gutierrez.

Also included are the general coordinator of the Support Network for Justice and Peace, Laura Roldán, and the president of the American Foundation for Human Rights and Social Development (FUNDALATIN) , Eugenia Russian .

NGOs and the opposition have denounced human rights violations during the protests taking place in Venezuela since 12 February.

Ortega said last week they have received 145 complaints of alleged violations of human rights by public safety officers during the protests, of which 142 relate to cruelty, two to "consummate deaths" and one complaint of torture.

The protests have sometimes degenerated into violent actions with an official toll of 41 dead and over 700 injured. . .

(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)


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Once again in the beginning of 2014 there are many demonstrations that seemed aimed at overthrowing the Venezuelan government.

Is the United States supporting them in order to abolish a leftist government in "its" hemisphere?

And for an assessment by Tom Hayden, a veteran peace activist of the US and a hero for many of us during the 60's, see his blog.

Hayden states that Obama may not be aware of it, "But there's another US "government", a secret network that works tirelessly to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital and military power. They understand that the president must be provided with "plausible deniability", and so they keep Obama out of the loop. Sometimes they operate through the CIA, sometimes under Republican-Democratic "democracy promotion" programs, sometimes through third parties such as the Florida-based FTI Consulting. Democratic Party political consultants and pollsters have worked for Venezuela's opposition. It's difficult even for a president to keep a grip on it all. And that being the case, transparency disappears for the US Congress and public."

Who says there is no "culture of war"?

P.S.  In a similar vein, see the analysis by Eva Golinger.

On the other hand, there are complaints of human rights violations against the protesters by the police.

This report was posted on May 28, 2014.