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.
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.