According to opposition lawmakers|
Anti-terror regulations are to confiscate rights
In order to fight terrorists actions, President Hugo Chávez' delegation in Parliament, known as Bloque del Cambio, has sped up the approval of the reform of the penal code and the anti-terror law, despite the objections made by the opposition deputies
|Pro-government parliamentarians are to pass a partial reform of the Venezuelan penal code this month including penalties against terrorist actions (Photo: Archive)|
SARA CAROLINA DIAZ
After a bomb attack that killed the fourth national environment
prosecutor Danilo Anderson on November 18, the pro-government
lawmakers are determined to pass two key draft laws intended
to fight terrorism -and key to President Hugo Chávez'
so-called Bolivarian project- at the National Assembly.
While the Executive Power has instructed state police corps
to crack down on what it calls "radical right-wing terrorist
factions," the Legislative Power has not fallen behind: the
lawmakers comprising the pro-government parliamentarian bloc
known as the Bloque del Cambio are about to pass a partial
reform of the Venezuelan Penal Code and start a second debate
on a draft law to fight terrorist actions, which is currently
under discussion at a National Assembly's special committee
headed by ruling party MVR deputy Calixto Ortega.
Twenty-two out of 38 articles comprising the partial reform
of the penal code were been passed in Parliament last Thursday.
Regarding the draft law to fight terrorist actions, the National
Assembly created a special committee to boost this bill -comprising
13 articles- that was approved in a first debate three years
ago and that is to be submitted for a second debate in Parliament
within the next 45 days. A second version drafted by MVR lawmakers
Osmar Gómez includes 58 articles, but it is to be subject
to changes during the relevant debates at the different public
powers and when compared to international anti-terror laws.
Both regulations are to set forth articles that, according
to opposition lawmakers, are intended to punish dissidence,
while the government claims the two draft laws have to be
enacted in order to penalize anti-democratic behaviors seen
in the country in the last few years.
Translated by Maryflor