Posts tagged provea
Posts tagged provea
Venezuela’s leading human rights group, the Venezuelan Program for Education and Action in Human Rights (PROVEA) has released its English language bulletin for August. It analyzes the crisis in the health care system, praises the new anti-torture law, and criticizes Venezuela’s lack of an independent judiciary.
Venezuelan human rights group PROVEA has released the July issue of Venezuela: International Bulletin on Human Rights. This issue looks at the paradox of scarcities at a time of increased consumption (see our coverage here), the right to strike, and the human rights implications of Venezuela assuming the pro tempore presidency of MERCOSUR.
The bulletin is published monthly in Spanish, English and French.
Human rights group PROVEA (Venezuela Program for Education and Action in Human Rights) has released the third edition of its new International Bulletin on Human Rights.
The Bulletin is released in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English and covers the most important human rights issues of the month. This edition looks at labor unrest, the Venezuelan government’s denunciation of the American Convention on Human Rights, and several laws that may have an adverse effect on social protest, including the Law against Organized Crime and the Financing of Terrorism, which was passed in May 2012.
Human rights group PROVEA (Venezuela Program for Education and Action in Human Rights) has released the second edition of its new International Bulletin on Human Rights. The Bulletin is released in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English and the most important human rights issues of the month. This edition looks at the right to housing and the government’s housing mission, the conflict over indigenous land claims in Western Venezuela, and the need for dialogue in the post-electoral context.
Last week Provea released its 2012 annual report on human rights in Venezuela. In a previous post, I outlined their findings regarding economic, social, and cultural rights, as they are presented in the 1999 Constitution. In this post, I review the report’s key findings concerning civil and political rights.
Perhaps the most important finding was continuing deterioration in citizen security. In 2012, official figures say there were 14,852 homicides, a number which continues at an upward trend. For Venezuela, this means a rate of 51 homicides per 100,000 citizens. This number rises to 23,506 homicides, or 78 per 100,000 citizens, when deaths occurring while “resisting arrest” and deaths under investigation are included (42). By comparison, in 2010, there were 13,080 homicides, 45 per 100,000 citizens. With the inclusion of those “resisting arrest” and deaths under investigation in 2010, the number of homicides rises to 21,080, a rate of 73 homicides per 100,000 citizens (407). Provea does not provide homicide figures for 2011 in this report. Until August 2012, 155 police and military persons were also killed while on duty. The report argues that the government has begun to address these issues through the Great Mission to All Life in Venezuela as well as establishing the Presidential Commission for Disarmament, which established a national gun registry to in order to reduce illegal gun ownership.
Last week Provea released its annual report on human rights situation in Venezuela for the previous year (January – December 2012). In it, Provea addresses economic, social, and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights, as they are outlined in the 1999 Constitution. In this post, I outline the report’s key findings concerning economic, social, and cultural rights, and, in a later post, I will review the report’s key findings concerning civil and political rights.
Hugo Pérez Hernáiz
The Defensora del Pueblo, Gabriela Ramírez continued the critical exchange between the Maduro government and human rights NGO PROVEA over the latter’s contention that the Barrio Adentro health modules (CDIs) supposedly vandalized and burned down by opposition supporters showed no sign of such attacks.
In an April 20 press conference, Ramírez said that “PROVEA has devoted itself to disclaiming the denunciations of the attacks on health centers. By doing so they are acting against their own principles as a human rights organization.” Government news bureau Agencia Venezolana de Noticias suggested that the web page of the Defensoría would soon publish a chronology of the attacks with graphic proofs. Ramírez has sent links through Twitter to several pictures that she claims are of damaged CDIs. In a national cadena at noon on April 23, Ramírez’s declarations against PROVEA were repeated, accompanied by images of CDIs allegedly burned. The images of the claimed attacks can be seen at the web page of the Defensoría del Pueblo.
David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz
Sunday March 4 at approximately 7:00 pm Sabino Romero was shot dead while traveling on a road of Perijá, Zulia state. His wife Lucia Martinez has also hurt but survived the attack. Romero was on his way to vote in a local Head Chief election.
Sabino Romero was a known Yukpa leader engaged in the indigenous struggle for land rights. He often denounced the complicity between local government authorities and landowners against the indigenous of the Perijá area.
Romero was part of a conflict over land concessions that began in 2008. In recent years the Yukpa have organized to demand a homeland as stipulated by the 2005 law on indigenous peoples. However there are powerful economic and strategic interests are at play. The land is a key agricultural area, sits on top of massive coal fields, and is nestled between Maracaibo Lake and the Colombian border. As a result the Yukpa are sandwiched between local economic interests including ranchers and their armed defenders, and the government which has hedged on conceding strategic territory.
Hugo Pérez Hernaíz
Tomorrow, February 18 at 9:30 local time, hearings will continue in the Provea and Sociedad Homo et Natura trial, at the 8th Tribunal of Protection of Children and Adolescents of Caracas. According to a note published on Provea´s web page, tomorrow the tribunal will hear an exposition by Provea Director Marino Alvardo, a reply by the Public Attorney, Doris Santiago, a counter reply by the defending lawyers and then again a final response by Santiago.
Provea and Sociedad Homo et Natura are on trial for their support of a protest carried out by members of the Yukpa indigenous group at the Supreme Justice Tribunal (TSJ) in July, 2010. The Yukpas protested with their families, including children, against land grabs, murders and judicial pursuit of their leaders. On July 27th 2010, Public Attorney Ramón Liscano (he has since been replaced by Doris Santiago) accused the human rights organizations that supported the Yukpas of endangering the lives of 47 children and adolescents that participated in the protest at the TSJ.
News can be followed on Twitter at #JucioContraProvea
Yesterday human rights NGOs Provea and Homo et Natura were summoned to appear in court on February 7, 2013 for having facilitated a protest of the Yukpa indigenous people in July 2010. (See Provea’s press release here, and Marino Alvarado’s opinion piece here. Follow on Twitter with #JuicioContraProvea ) Provea suggest that the case demonstrates the continued criminalization of both citizen protest and the solidarity work of human rights groups.
The Yukpa of Western Venezuela have had long term struggle with the government over the process of creating indigenous homelands, as specified by the 2005 Law on Indigenous Peoples and Communities, as well as their right to control the exercise of justice in traditional tribal ways within their territory as specified in the 1999 Constitution (see Art. 260).
The latter struggle came to the fore as a result of violence between different Yukpa communities in October 2009 which led the arrest of indigenous leader Olegario Romero. In July 2010 some Yukpa representatives went to Caracas and camped out in front of the Supreme Court (TSJ) to demand their constitutional right to exercise tribal justice within their habitat. Romero was eventually absolved and released in May 2011.