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TalCual: Venezuela Has No Human Rights
Building a new Venezuela inexorably implies building a new system of human rights and from the ground up. That being said, human rights are non-negotiable, and neither is the necessity of a legitimate justice that protects them

By TalCual

It seems a paradox, but it is not. The Constitution of 1999 is broad and diverse in the recognition of human rights, but once again the political regime that has benefited from that Constitution has reduced all human rights to cosmic dust. It is not a paradox, however, because the proclamations of the Constitution were only that, proclamations; there was no intention to comply with them. Everything was a mockery. A fraud to the Venezuelan people. The tragedy of the 21st century proves it unequivocally.

That some people don't want to see it this way, is another thing. Just after Michelle Bachelet left the country, repression against civilians and military personnel escalated, and scandals have made international headlines. So what does the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights have to say about this? She was received by the "red" hegemony with much fanfare, was brazenly lied to, and, after offering her all kind of declarative guarantees, it decided to carry out more intense repression, resulting in the total violation of human rights.

States around the world have the obligation to recognize them, guarantee them and defend them. This happens in the case of democratic countries, with all the possible hurdles in the way, because there is a legality in these countries that does not operate as an appendix of the presidential power. Tyrannies have no rule of law, hence there is no observance of human rights, whatever their Constitutions, or their spokespersons, might say.

This has been, and is, the case in Venezuela under the aegis of the red hegemony. Nothing but a lot of hot air in the field of human rights, and constant and increasing widespread violations to them. Because we should be clear on one thing: human rights violations can occur in any part of the world, and as a matter of fact they do occur, but if there is a democratic state based on the rule of law, there is the possibility to deliver justice and preventing further violations. None of which is possible in despotic regimes, in which the contempt for human rights is inherent.

A country ruled by a predatory satrapy, which means it kind of survives amid a humanitarian catastrophe, increasingly isolated, and crushed by the desire for continuity in power, starting with that of its Cuban bosses, is a country where there cannot be, by definition, real human rights in any way.

There are constitutional and legal proclamations, and tons of political verbiage. But all that is part of a big fat lie. A skillful lie that has prevailed for quite a few years now.

 

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