Archive for August 21st, 2008

August 21, 2008

La HRF le exige al Secretario General de la OEA que active la cláusula democrática

NUEVA YORK (20 de agosto de 2008)— La Human Rights Foundation (HRF) envió hoy a José Miguel Insulza, Secretario General de la OEA, una carta abierta denunciando su incapacidad de cumplir el mandato de la Carta Democrática Interamericana (la Carta Interamericana) en defensa de la democracia en el continente. Asimismo, la HRF informó al Sr. Insulza del lanzamiento de su proyecto “La Carta Democrática Interamericana y El Sr. Insulza”, que tiene por finalidad denunciar, a través de cartas mensuales, las violaciones a la Carta Interamericana.

En la carta firmada por su Presidente, Thor Halvorssen, y su Secretario General, Armando Valladares, la HRF hace notar que los gobiernos de Bolivia, Ecuador y Venezuela han venido violando sistemáticamente los elementos esenciales de la democracia establecidos en el artículo 3 de la Carta Interamericana, y que, con su inactividad, el Sr. Insulza no sólo incumple su mandato, sino que también parece simpatizar con el comportamiento de estos gobiernos.

read more »

August 21, 2008

OAS Head Faulted for Inaction

OAS Head Faulted for Inaction
Insulza Allows Human Rights Violations – HRF

NEW YORK (August 20, 2008 ) —The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) launches the “Inter-American Democratic Charter and Mr. Insulza” program today with an open letter to José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), decrying his unwillingness to enforce the charter’s mandate to protect democracy in the Americas. HRF will send monthly digests to Insulza detailing violations of human rights and democracy in the continent, with the hope that the secretary general will take note and do his job.

The letter, cosigned by HRF President Thor Halvorssen and Chairman Armando Valladares, observes that under Insulza’s watch at the OAS, the governments of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela have acted in clear violation of the democratic principles set forth in the Charter.

Such violations include infringements on fundamental rights, ranging from freedom of the press and expression to freedom from torture and tyranny – the shutting down of an independent television station in Venezuela and the recent state take-over of media in Ecuador; the government-sanctioned lynchings and political violence that have resulted in 40 deaths in Bolivia; the obliteration of judicial independence in Venezuela and Bolivia and the dissolution of the congress in Ecuador; and political persecution in all three countries.

The letter reminds Insulza that on September 11, 2001, every nation in the Americas approved the Inter-American Democratic Charter, a document that recognizes the need to defend democracy not only from unelected dictatorships but also from popularly-elected governments on the continent. The democratic clause found in Article 20 of the charter establishes a formal response mechanism that the OAS secretary general may initiate when democracy in a member state is under threat.

read more »