Failure to fulfill the ruling would be a public contempt of court of serious consequences, according to lawyer Gustavo Briceño Vivas
Gustavo Briceño Vivas, the president of the Venezuelan Chapter of the Ombudsman, said that the newly appointed Solicitor General Carlos Escarrá should urge the government to comply with the Constitution and the rule of law.
Briceño Vivas, a human rights university professor, explained in a press release that if the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court) rules in favor of the rights of ex Chacao municipality mayor Leopoldo López to elect and be elected, "the government must comply immediately with the decision; otherwise, failure to fulfill the ruling would be a public contempt of court, a disrespect for an international ruling, and it would cause serious consequences to the country."
In his opinion, the Venezuelan state could be regarded as a rogue government. "Article 22 of the Venezuelan Constitution provides that international treaties are laws when the Venezuelan State signs them (the American Convention on Human Rights). They are mandatory for domestic law. Therefore, a ruling by the IACHR Court must be fulfilled by the Venezuelan authorities."
He stressed that Solicitor General Carlos Escarrá should make an effort, in his capacity as professor of constitutional law, to set aside his political and ideological interests and promote democracy and the rule of law. "His decision is expected by the legal community. If he supports a contempt of court of the Venezuelan State to an important decision in Latin America, it would be a real disservice to the country."
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."