DOSSIER. Yamir Tovar (22) and Luis Fabián (21) were subjected by members of a ‘colectivo' (an armed pro-government gang) in the west Caracas neighborhood of Catia on February 20. Their bodies were found tied up and gagged; they were killed by headshots in execution style. The day before, the bodies of two young students from Mérida state (east), José Daniel Farías (20) and Julio Alejandro García (22), had been found on the road leading to Santa Bárbara del Zulia. They had their hands tied behind their back, were gagged and had been shot through the head. Relatives and witnesses said the two had been detained by police but never arrived at a police station.
FOREIGN OFFICE. The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Delcy Rodríguez, announced her office had sent "an emphatic note of protest" to the US embassy in Caracas against the executive order issued by the White House imposing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials.
News This Week
- Venezuelan, Russian oil ministers assess joint projects
- Venezuela's Maduro: "I want to take 10 million signatures to Panama"
- Vargas Llosa urges Latin America to deplore repression in Venezuela
- Costa Rica is asked to address Venezuela's situation at Americas' Summit
- Maduro: Venezuela is ready for dialogue with the United States
- Panama hopes Summit of the Americas will foster talks
- Unasur's Samper proposes to revise US-South America relation
- Venezuela sends letter of protest to the US over sanctions
- Unasur seeks help to solve Venezuela-US conflict
- Daniel Ceballo's defense counsel requests trial in freedom
- Venezuela challenges president of arbitral tribunal in ConocoPhillips case
- Venezuelan oil recovers USD 2.47 to USD 46.19
- Parlatino asks the United States to resume talks with Venezuela
- Celac rejects "coercive" US measures against Venezuela
- ECLAC to work on poverty with economic authorities in Venezuela
- Venezuela owes USD 817 million to shipping companies
- Spain rules out possibility that González harms relations with Venezuela
- The Group of 77 and China deplores US decree on Venezuela
- Attorney General dismisses reports of kidnaps of minors in Venezuela
- Dismantling regulations is recommended
- Costa Rica removes ambassador to Venezuela
- Lawyer reports that court ordered the release of ex mayor Ceballos
- Venezuelan FM: Felipe González cannot practice law in Venezuela
- Maduro to ask Obama to end conspiracy against Venezuela
- Colombian FM expects Red Cross to visit political prisoners in Venezuela
- Russian FM: "Venezuelans must solve problems without foreign meddling"
- Doctors in Venezuela forced to practice mastectomies that could be avoided
- Venezuela, Cuba raise expectations at Seventh Summit of the Americas
- Samper hopes Felipe González helps ease tensions in Venezuela
- Maduro lambastes opposition for not signing letter against US sanctions
- Signatures against US decree will be gathered house-to-house
- Germanwings includes two Venezuelans among plane crash victims
- MUD rejects call for Venezuelans abroad to sign letter against US decree
- Attorney General says Leopoldo López is not isolated
- Forex rate at Simadi hits VEB 190.38 per US dollar
- Ledezma's daughter withheld at Venezuelan airport
- AI reports impunity in Venezuela a year after protests
- Congress to delve into Venezuelans' bank accounts in Andorra
- Attorney General Office asks, again, for release of seven demonstrators
- Spanish major parties request Venezuelan political prisoners' release
- "Constitution does not set as offense the opinions against Maduro"
- Pollster: Maduro's popularity stands at 25%
- When politicians fail to respond, people come up with ideas, pollster says
- Sanchéz: "It is not about defending Maduro, but adopting a stance"
- Uruguay gathers signatures against US decree on Venezuela
- Vatican's Secretary of State to attend Seventh Summit of the Americas
- US sanctions seek to persuade Venezuelan officials not to enforce law
- Venezuela requests Icsid review of ruling in Tidewater case
- Venezuelan gov't gathers 1 million signatures against Obama's order
- Spanish FM wishes Felipe González good luck defending dissenters
- Opposition MUD, Ombudsman address situation of political prisoners
- Pdvsa to start gas exploitation northwest Venezuela
- Maduro: Peace will triumph with union and global support
- Felipe González to defend Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma
- Venezuela steel, aluminum output declines in 2014
- IACHR voices concern over human rights defenders in Venezuela
- Samper: Summit of the Americas is the perfect scenario for dialogue
INTERVIEW Last March 6, Ramón Guillermo Aveledo was on visit to Madrid. He was leading a workshop at the House of the Americas on the experience of the opposition coalition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD). For this reason, the MUD coordinator of International Relations did not attend the controversial meeting at the Nunciature with the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).
Regional Reply to Obama's Order
UNASUR The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has asked "two or three personalities in the region to collaborate" in "efforts seeking a rapprochement" between the United States and Venezuela, revealed on Friday the Secretary General of Unasur, former Colombian President Ernesto Samper.
US SANCTIONS President of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) Ángel Rodríguez said on Thursday that the United States should resume diplomatic talks with Venezuela, and he stated that the Seventh Summit of the Americas is the right occasion to begin dialogue.
SANCTIONS The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), of which Ecuador holds the pro-tempore presidency, rejected what it described as the implementation of "coercive" policies by the United States against Venezuela, informed on Thursday Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patiño.
OPPOSITION On Thursday, writer and Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa urged Latin American countries to condemn Venezuela for the situation of dissenters in prison, in order to achieve the release of opposition leader Leopoldo López and Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma.
LOPEZ CASE Colombian Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín said on Wednesday that the Member States of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) expect the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to be allowed to visit political prisoners in Venezuela.
LOPEZ CASE Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Delcy Rodríguez remarked on Wednesday that former president of Spain Felipe González "lacks the capacity" to practice law in Venezuela, in reference to the announcement that González would defend detained dissenters Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma.