Adriana Peña, the president of Mercosur Human Rights
Commission, landed on Wednesday in Maiquetía airport
in order to start an investigation into the issue of political
ineligibility following a complaint filed by Chacao Mayor
"I came to work according to the duties and responsibilities vested in my position," said the parliamentarian. She reported also that additional members of the commission, including a Paraguayan delegation, would arrive in the evening.
She said that the arrival of Brazilian and Argentinean parliamentarians had not been confirmed yet.
In any way, she said, "we, at the Commission, will hold a meeting in Montevideo to try to define our move from now to next Tuesday."
She clarified that they were not biased or had taken sides with anybody. "The point at issue is that we came to listen to all the parties. While multiple international institutions have issued their opinions on the matter, we have come without preconceptions."
Peña reported that they had sent letters to the Comptroller General and members of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) to approach them and listen to their version of events.
LOPEZ CASE HRW endorsed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' call on Venezuela to release Leopoldo López.
LOPEZ CASE Without giving many details, Venezuelan Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello has claimed he saved opposition leader Leopoldo López's life, adding that there were no negotiations whatsoever days before the dissenter turned himself in to the Bolivarian National Guard earlier this year. "He (López) knew it (information about his possible assassination), too. Why did he turn himself in? He and his family were aware of that," said the legislator in an interview with daily newspaper El Universal.
HUMAN RIGHTS The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed serious concern on Monday at the continued detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in the context of public protests that took place across Venezuela over several months starting in February this year.