Capriles: Leaving the IACHR is a step back that hits democracy
"The Government wants to avoid binding decisions, but nobody can escape from them," Miranda state Governor, Henrique Capriles alerted
Capriles alerted that by means of its withdrawal from the IACHR, "the Government wants to avoid binding decisions, but nobody can escape from them."
The opposition leader claimed that the decision made by late President Hugo Chávez breaches the Constitution. "Our Constitution mentions the international bodies and human rights treaties our country has signed. How come the Government leaves the IACHR Court within the framework of the Constitution? They would have to change the Constitution so it (Venezuela's exit) can be legal," Capriles stressed.
Moreover, Capriles referred to the skeptical stance some Venezuelans have on the actions against the results of the presidential election held on April 14 that were submitted to the IACHR Court on Monday. "The process is to take some time," he remarked. He also highlighted the importance of exhausting national and international remedies. "This is a democratic struggle and we have to work until the moment this writ can be enforced," Capriles said.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.