Further proof that the more things change, the more they are the same.

February 24, 2006


The Peoples
Defender or Ombudsman German Mundarain continued doing the only thing he has
done since assuming that position: Defend the Government. He said the US is trying to overwhelm Venezuela with a campaign showing that human
rights are not respected in the country and that the US is preparing a campaign against
the Venezuelan Government. All of this in response to the State Department’s human rights report on Venezuela. He appears not to understand yet, that he is an independent
power and should stop spending all his time defending Chavez and his
Government and devoting time to defending the righst of all Venezuelans, which he actually spends very little time doing.

Interestingly
enough, Tal Cual carried today this article in page 2 called Invisible Rights, which is quite relevant to the charge by the Ombudsman that the US Human Rights report is simply an unjustified attack on the Chavez Government:

The
Venezuelan Government is upset because of the State Departments report on
human rights in or country. The same thing happens every time. The same thing
with the media, anytime there is a charge, they are attacked, whether it is
true, or even if it has yet to be processed. It is not the gringo origin that
validates or not the report. It is the Venezuelan reality the one that backs
it. The novelty is that, for the first time, in the case of Venezuela, the USA
gathers an inordinate number of charges against judges, police organizations,
the Prosecutors office, deputies, councilmen, parties, unions, gathered from
diverse reports by NGOs, by Amnesty International always questioned by the Government
and the by the people that appeal to the media. The official bureaucrats
already decided about the report by the US: it is generic, imprecise, out
of context. This is used to avoid the real problem. This is nothing but that
all of what is contained in the document is true.

When was this written? 1997

The
author? Jose Vicente Rangel, the current
Vice-President of Venezuela

The more
things change, the more they are the same.

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