The government of Nicolás Maduro has lost legitimacy, but we should not harbor any illusions about the Organization of American States invoking its Inter-American Democratic Charter. It is certainly not the definitive solution, although it will help exert some pressure on the Government. And all pressure is definitely welcome
The request to apply the Inter-American Charter on the government of Nicolás Maduro by the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, is based on "false assumptions", said Delcy Rodriguez, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a press release this week lambasting Almagro’s attitude.
It is clear that Rodríguez is lying for a change.
It is not a supposition that the Maduro government has annulled the electoral path to resolve the current political differences in Venezuela. Not only did it when it decided to suspend a presidential recall referendum and the elections for governors last year, but when it disrespected the decision of the majority of Venezuelans to vote for the candidates of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition in a parliamentary election held on December 6, 2015.
It is true that the National Electoral Council (CNE) counted the votes as expressed, but the consequences of such votes have not been respected. And that violates the Constitution. This is not the only case in which the Constitution has been disrespected by Maduro and his people.
They have violated human rights as well. There is a group of political prisoners still behind bars despite the fact that the courts of justice have already issued release orders, simply because the nation’s political police don’t feel like complying with that ruling. In this situation are 14 members of the Chacao Municipality Police and former student leader Yon Goicoechea, among others.
The government of Maduro has lost legitimacy, but we should not harbor any illusions about the Organization of American States invoking its Inter-American Democratic Charter. It is certainly not the definitive solution, although it will help exert some pressure on the Government. And all pressure is definitely welcome.