CARACAS, Thursday April 18, 2013 | Update

HRF calls for peaceful solution of Venezuela's political crisis

The organization promoting the defense of human rights has condemned the announced judicial prosecution against opposition leaders, and called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to encourage dialogue

Thursday April 18, 2013  03:27 PM
Following the political crisis arising from the results of the presidential election held in Venezuela on April 14, the Human Rights Foundation has called on Venezuelan authorities and opposition leaders to come to terms.

The organization also expressed in its statement its rejection to reported physical aggressions against opposition deputies Julio Borges and William Dávila by Government's supporters.

The Human Rights Foundation has also rebuffed statements made by Government officials, who held opposition leaders, including opposition leader Henrique Capriles, accountable for vandalism and political violence on Monday evening.

Regarding statements made by the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, in support of the opposition request to conduct an audit and full recount of the votes, the Human Rights Foundation reaffirmed its pro-dialogue stance and applauded the OAS's initiative. It also called on the OAS to undertake diplomatic steps to bring forward a dialogue under the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
The end of a cycle

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."