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.
INTERVIEW "I was a kid from the Third World who came to teach Italians how to play opera." A succinct Diego Matheuz describes in this way his arrival at La Fenice of Venice, first as a guest conductor and later on as chief conductor. Matheuz is extremely modest, considering that a 26-year-old young man from a faraway tropical country stepped up to one of the most renowned opera theaters in Italy. "It was a big challenge; I gave it all. Thank God, we overcame," he adds when commenting his debut in October 2010 with Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Four years later, and being still under 30, Diego seems to have fulfilled the highest expectations. He has led at least 15 major world orchestras; has appeared on various stages, and, together with Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Vásquez and Rafael Payare –the four mighty globetrotters of the System- is tied to the project pioneered by Master José Antonio Abreu 40 years ago.