Attorney at Law: Venezuelan rule of law is adrift
The director of non-governmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum), Alfredo Romero, regarded decision of Venezuelan top court as a legal aberration that must be cleared out
In a video-chat with daily newspaper El Universal, the director of non-governmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum), Alfredo Romero, said that the rule of law in Venezuela "is adrift" upon the ruling of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), which consents the Government's administrative continuity.
Romero asserted that the top court's decision is ambiguous and for such a reason he filed a request to elaborate on the TSJ decision that was eventually refused. "Upon this procedure, the Constitutional Court's magistrates said that I was disrespectful for having said that the January 9 ruling was a judicial aberration. The court misinterpreted the Constitution and it must be cleared out."
"Having the Constitutional Court determined that the permission granted by the National Assembly to President Hugo Chávez to undergo a surgery in Cuba did not represent a temporary absence is by no means in compliance with the Laws." Moreover, the decision supports the thesis that temporary absences are decided by the president. Hence, we requested an explanation to understand their legal basis," Romero stated.
When we look at the issue of human rights in Venezuela and the relevant reports submitted each year, a clear pattern emerges, namely, the impunity following the violation of rights such as freedom of expression, political rights, and the right to life and personal integrity, which has Venezuela consistently ranking among the lowest scorers in assessment indices.