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Constituent Assembly: IACHR rulings must be observed

"The Constitution must be respected", Vladimir Villegas, a former member of the National Constituent Assembly, said

JUAN FRANCISCO ALONSO |  EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday September 15, 2011  01:08 PM


Nobody knows better the Venezuelan Constitution than those who drafted it. Therefore, ten members of the National Constituent Assembly demanded the authorities to comply with the decisions of international bodies such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court). Their judgment is that these decisions have a constitutional status and failure to comply with them would be a violation of the Magna Carta drafted in 1999.

Members of the National Constituent Assembly Vladimir Villegas, Segundo Meléndez, Hermann Escarrá, Carlos Tablante, Froilán Barrios, Rafael Sulbarán, Virgilio Ávila Vivas, Alberto Jordán Hernández, Ernesto Alvarenga and William Ojeda made the statement. They met on Wednesday to release a document where they reiterated their view that the Constitution mandates that human right treaties and the obligations imposed by them are binding upon Venezuelan governments, as provided for in Articles 23 and 31 of the Constitution.

The members of the Constituent Assembly in 1999 expressed their view following the remarks from several Venezuelan officials who have made clear that they will not abide by the Court's ruling if it is favorable to former mayor of Chacao municipality, Leopoldo López. "The Constitution must be respected", Villegas replied.

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