[News] Human Rights Watch attacks Venezuela's Chavez
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Fri Jun 18 19:52:56 EDT 2004
Published: Friday, June 18, 2004
Bylined to: <mailto:oscar at vheadline.com>Oscar Heck
Oscar Heck: Human Rights Watch! Wow! What a powerful statement!
VHeadline.com commentarist Oscar Heck writes: On June 17, 2004, Human
Rights Watch and Jose Miguel Vivanco published an article called
Venezuela: Judicial Independence Under Siege. The article criticizes and
ostracizes Chavez and his government for attempting to change the laws
regarding the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ).
But who is Jose Miguel Vivanco?
What is Human Rights Watch?
What are their roles?
What do they have to do with Venezuela?
Maybe some readers can help out here
because I have found some
information which I cannot decipher (mentioned later below regarding Jose
According to <http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a392db7a801ea.htm>a Counter
Punch article dated May 25, 2000 ...Jose Miguel Vivanco, a Chilean-born,
Harvard-educated lawyer who heads Human Rights Watch Americas
The article goes on to say: The fact that Human Rights Watch should lend
itself vigorously to the effort to push the military aid package (for the
Colombian drug wars) through Congress is bad enough
...People like Vivanco and unscrupulous outfits like Human Rights Watch
will testifying glowingly to great progress in imparting respect for human
rights in the Colombian police and military. The killings of labor
organizers, peasant leaders, church workers and any other threat to the
right wing drug lords in Colombia will go on, done by the paramilitary
death squads supervised by the army and the drug lords (very often
identical) with extra direction from the CIA.
The above statement, I believe, speaks for itself and clearly outlines
HRWs support for the US-invented war on drugs.
What more does HRW support ... I wonder?
Here is a very interesting looking piece of information which I am not able
to decipher or to understand. It is called a social network diagram and
it appears that Jose Miguel Vivanco is linked to people like Colombias
President Uribe, US-backed Colombian General Alejo Del Rio (who some claim
was directly involved in attrocities), AUCs Carlos Castano, Luis Camilo
Osorio (Colombias Attorney General), Wayne S. Smith (head of the Center
for International Policy, Cuba Project) ... and lots of other influential
If any readers out there can
social network diagram, it would be interesting to get some feedback.
Now ... what is Human Rights Watch?
Human Rights Watch is a NY-based organization which has offices in New
York, Brussels, London, Moscow, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and
of course .... Washington(!).
HRWs claims We challenge governments and those who hold power to end
abusive practices and respect international human rights law.
If this were truly the case, why would HRW and Vivanco state the following?
In the 2002 coup, Venezuelas democratic order was attacked by some of
Chávezs opponents. But today the biggest threat to the countrys rule of
law comes from the government itself, and ... The Venezuelan government
is undermining the independence of the countrys judiciary ahead of a
presidential recall referendum... (He is referring to the fact that the
National Assembly is passing laws to change the judiciary regulations
regarding judges appointments to the Supreme Court.)
Especially being a Harvard graduate with all sorts of connections to
influential people, Vivanco seems to have little understanding of
democracy. It is the elected representational National Assembly which
through democratic majority vote, is pressing for modifications to the
Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ). Vivanco, who obviously sides with the
USA and with the Venezuelan opposition insinuates, through HRWs latest
attack on Venezuela, that Chavez and the Chavez government are acting
undemocratically ... President Chavez governing coalition has begun
implementing a new court-packing law that will strip the Supreme Court of
its autonomy. The Venezuelan TSJ has traditionally never been autonomous
and has been composed primarily of a bunch of more-than-lazy,
Miami-vacationing, corrupt, president-hand-picked semi-professional,
bribe-taking pseudo-lawyers. It is about time that the Venezuelan
government, through majority vote, act ... and quickly.
Also, for Vivancos information, a majority vote in the National Assembly
is a majority vote, which means 50% +1. It may not be convenient for the
Venezuelan opposition or for the US government that pro-Chavez elected
National Assembly members represent over 50% of the house ... but that is
reality ... and it is just too bad for Vivanco and gang.
Being so pro-humanity Vivanco should be able to accept a majority
democratic vote with no question.
This is the way life is. Simple as that.
This is how it works and it is a fair way ... as any rational human would
Does it mean that because the Venezuelan National Assembly is using a
majority-vote system to modify/create laws that the Venezuelan government
is being abusive?
Not for a minute.
Abusive were the Venezuelan governments of the past, which ran the country,
including the TSJ, by uncontestable decrees ... and if anybody dared speak
up against the President, he/she would simply be disappeared ...
journalists and human rights activists included. Furthermore, as far as I
know, the TSJ has been one of the most corrupt institutions in Venezuela
and was never and independent body. The TSJ bent to the threats of the
President or to the whims of the highest bidder.
Vivanco should go get a job with the US State Department or the Central
* Personally, I believe that Vivanco is either a CIA employee (due to
the inaccuracies in his intelligence) or a puppet of the US State
Department (due to the inaccuracies in his intelligence).
Most strikingly is the fact the oh-so-suddenly, just before the referendum
is to take place, HRW coincidentally publishes a lengthy report criticizing
the Venezuelan government ... while coincidentally a slew of anti-Chavez
articles are published in the mainstream US media ... and coincidentally,
the US State department vilely attacks Venezuela again.
HRW is a so-called human rights organization which bases its statements on
false information (intelligence) and pro-USA stances ... just as the
killer-Bush government used false and fabricated intelligence to justify
their murdering of over 10,000 innocent Iraqis in order to gain full
control of some of the worlds largest oil reserves.
Vivanco and gang dare to call themselves supporters of human rights, when
in fact, they are promoting anti-human-rights groups like the Venezuelan
opposition and openly discrediting a majority-vote National Assembly
democratic process ... simply because Chavez and his government are not
to the USAs dehumanizing attacks on Latin America ... attacks which HRW
appears to wholly support (as in the USA-invented war on drugs, which is
a facade for the USA to acquire the natural resources in the region and to
gain full control of the highly profitable coca and opium plantations).
Human Rights Watch should seriously consider becoming a direct branch of
the US State Department ... or the fountain of intelligence for the US
* I may be wrong, but I cannot find any statement from HRW which
condemns the USAs criminal invasion of Iraq. Instead, when reading through
their website, they appear to put the USA on a pedestal as the worlds
leader in human rights related issues. (Humph!)
One of the few relatively meaningful statements I found on their website
regarding the USAs committing of atrocities and injustices abroad was: It
is unlawful for the United States to hold detainees in Iraq without charge
or trial while claiming it has transferred sovereignty to an Iraqi
Wow! What a powerful statement!
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