Venezuela’s Maduro: I am creating a human-rights commission to look into all this violence, and it is legit

posted at 6:41 pm on April 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

In case you missed it, Venezuelan president, Socialist totalitarian, and Hugo-Chavez wannabe Nicolas Maduro published a candid, touching opinion piece lying, sniveling piece of propaganda tripe in the New York Times earlier this week, and it was a doozy:

THE recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.

Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people. …

We have created flagship universal health care and education programs, free to our citizens nationwide. We have achieved these feats in large part by using revenue from Venezuelan oil. …

Popular participation in politics in Venezuela has increased dramatically over the past decade. As a former union organizer, I believe profoundly in the right to association and in the civic duty to ensure that justice prevails by voicing legitimate concerns through peaceful assembly and protest.

Lolz. No need to dive any further into that one (although I will point you toward Francisco Toro at The New Republic and Fausta Wertz for some epic obliteration of Maduro’s shameless spin-doctoring). On the exact same day the op-ed was published, funnily enough, the Catholic bishops in Caracas came out swinging especially hard against the devolving situation in Venezuelan and Maduro’s totalitarian means of trying to tamp it down:

Venezuela’s organization of Roman Catholic bishops is accusing the government of seeking totalitarian-style rule, comments that potentially could complicate the Vatican’s offer to facilitate talks between the socialist government and its opposition.

The Conference of Venezuelan Bishops is calling on President Nicolas Maduro to halt his crackdown on critics who have been protesting in the streets for seven weeks. The conference president is Bishop Diego Padron. Speaking in Caracas on Wednesday, he accused Maduro of attempting to criminalize dissent.

The statement comes a few days after the Vatican said it was willing to facilitate talks between the two sides.

Subsequently, on Thursday, Maduro apparently promised to put together a super-special commission to look into all the human rights violations for which he’s being criticized, including reports of the torture of arrested protesters:

Faced with harsh criticism from the Catholic Church and international rights organizations, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced Thursday the creation of a special human rights panel that will look into charges of abuse against opposition groups. …

Taking a different stance than his predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, who would often insult Catholic bishops and ignore their recommendations, Maduro said he is willing to act on the concerns expressed on Wednesday by the religious leaders. …

During a three-hour televised address, Maduro explained that Vice President Jorge Arreza will preside over the commission, which will include the defense and interior ministers and the heads of civic organizations. In all 15 people will be appointed to the panel, which will be advised “by a group of experts” from Unasur, he said.

…Yeah, I’m sure that’ll do the trick.


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Subsequently, on Thursday, Maduro apparently promised to put together a super-special commission to look into all the human rights violations for which he’s being criticized, including reports of the torture of arrested protesters:

Dollars to doughnuts he’ll find out that the Koch Brothers are behind it.

rbj on April 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Via Fausta’s Blog. Aerial video of March 22 demonstration. If only we could get this many people to demonstrate against our tin pot dictator.

Murphy9 on April 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Obama has his staff taking notes.

VorDaj on April 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Why isn’t there something about someone being gay in this thread?

Walter L. Newton on April 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Mais bien sur, L’etat, c’est moi!

WryTrvllr on April 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

At least he didn’t give money towards Proposition 8, or contradict the AGW narrative. Then we’d have to kill him.

RadClown on April 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Is there one functioning democratic, not demigogic, state in the entire Spanish speaking world? I attribute the lack theteof to the influence of the Islamic conquest. The obsession with the strongman govt. In Spanish the Alcalde, not far removed from el Caliph. This pattern was reponsible for Mussolini in Italy and the failure to create a sustainable Italian republic since WW 2.IMO.

xkaydet65 on April 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Obama has his staff taking notes.

VorDaj on April 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Other way around, Maduro has been watching Eric Holder closely for tips.

slickwillie2001 on April 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Why isn’t there something about someone being gay in this thread?

Walter L. Newton on April 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Why the fixation?

WryTrvllr on April 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Why the fixation?

WryTrvllr on April 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I see your were born without sarcasm genes. Pity.

Walter L. Newton on April 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

…like JugEars is having the IRS looked into!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

¡Sí se puede! This is how socialist experiments invariably end.

ojfltx on April 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I see your were born without sarcasm genes. Pity.

Walter L. Newton on April 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Yes I am very concrete, Apology accepted. No pity required. What you see is what you get.

WryTrvllr on April 4, 2014 at 9:07 PM

This must have been terribly confusing for NYT readers. “There’s been trouble in Venezuela?” they ask, “Protests in the streets? People killed? Why have we heard nothing of this?”

Don’t worry, NYT readers. Pinch Sulzberger and his Keepers of the Truth That Matters will keep you up to date – if and when there are more official statements from Maduro’s regime.

Adjoran on April 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

God help us when Nicolas “Dr. Strangelove” Madero gets his hands on nuclear weapons.

Myron Falwell on April 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Venezuela’s Maduro: I am creating a human-rights commission to look into all this violence, and it is legit

There. That’s more accurate.

a5minmajor on April 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Oh, and whenever you see *this* in someone’s resume…be afraid:

As a former union organizer

a5minmajor on April 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

@andersoncooper Venezuelans are deprived of Human Rights! #NoCommunismForVenezuela #SosVenezuela pic.twitter.com/XIlziGjtJQ— Jose Torres (@JTorresRuez) April 4, 2014

DinaRehn on April 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Venezuelans are deprived of Human Rights! #NoCommunismForVenezuela
#SosVenezuela
pic.twitter.com/XIlziGjtJQ
— Jose Torres (@JTorresRuez) April 4, 2014

DinaRehn on April 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Why are Venezuelan soldiers armed with Russian-made Dragunov sniper rifles? pic.twitter.com/ipXGGslIJ4 Be our voice
— Ildiko (@Ildikogg) April 3, 2014

DinaRehn on April 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM