Who's Who in Venezuela's State Council
The first task of the six members of the new government s body is to assess Venezuela s withdrawal from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
The six members of the newly appointed Venezuelan State Council, whose first task is to assess Venezuela's withdrawal from the Inter-American justice system, have proven to be at the service of Hugo Chávez's government. Some of them have publicly questioned the decisions made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and have expressed their disagreement with Venezuela's membership of OAS bodies. The members of the State Council are depicted below:
A sociologist, the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President is the head of the State Council. Since the inception of the Bolivarian Revolution, Jaua has climbed through the ranks of Chávez's administration rapidly. A radical leftist student leader at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Jaua was a member of the Constitutional Assembly that drafted the Venezuelan Constitution in 1999. Jaua is also the Minister of Agriculture and Land, where he had led the expropriation of lands and properties. He is one of the top cadres of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and one of Chávez's closest allies.
José Vicente Rangel
A journalist, lawyer and leftist leader, he has held top government positions since President Chávez took office in 1999. Rangel was the first civilian to serve as Defense Minister in Venezuelan contemporary history. Although he left government positions a few years ago, now he is returning to power.
A senior diplomat and lawyer, he has been Venezuelan ambassador (Norway, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, Colombia, France, among other countries) since 1982. He is currently Venezuela's ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS). Chaderton has strongly criticized the operation of the Inter-American system.
A Venezuelan lawyer, he was the Venezuelan People's Ombudsman for seven years. Mundaraín is the current ambassador of Venezuela's permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where he has rejected requests to send international observation missions to verify the human rights situation in the South American country.
Luis Britto García
A writer, lawyer, sociologist and university professor, he is one of the members of Venezuelan intelligentsia who has been one of the most faithful supporters of President Hugo Chávez's government. He was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize. Britto has publicly criticized Venezuela's membership of the IACHR.
Carlos Rafael Giacoppini Martínez
He is the only military member of the State Council. He was promoted to Admiral in 2010. Giacoppini is currently heading the secretariat of the National Defense Council (Secodena). "Our duty is to serve this revolution," he has said.
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.