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Venezuela's OAS Rep Laments Perversions of Inter-American Human Rights System

Venezuela’s representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Roy Chaderton, lamented on Thursday what he described as total indifference in the face of the perversions of the Inter-American human rights system.

“Venezuela has been presenting complaints and denunciations on the issue for more than ten years in international meetings. Nevertheless, the response has been to look the other way. There’s absolute indifference and disdain on the denunciations presented by representatives of a sovereign and democratic state on the perversions of the Inter-American human rights system,” Ambassador Chaderton said.

Recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez asked the members of the new Council of State to evaluate and make recommendations on the possible withdrawal of Venezuela from the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

“We are going to thoroughly debate the procedures and decision during the session of the Council of State, but you can be sure that Venezuela will have a blunt answer to this permanent aggression by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and other human rights institutions and mafias,” said Chaderton, who is part of the Council.

Chaderton told the state-run Venezolana de Televisión that he hopes also to see debate within the OAS about the state of human rights in its member countries.

“It’s time to begin to talk about this situation, because it’s not just about international conspiracy, but also domestic conspiracy and the complicity of our human rights experts, who are not human rights defenders, with some exceptions, but… people willing to take scraps of bread from Washington,” he added.

He implied that Venezuela is freeing itself from the Inter-American human rights system, saying: “We are going to liberate ourselves, just like we are liberating ourselves in other areas of the OAS that threaten our country’s freedom.”

AVN / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / May 11, 2012

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