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Venezuela Abandons the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

According to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's allies, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights interferes with national sovereignty by taking cases that have not been fully resolved in domestic courts. These critics contend that the human rights court is biased against leftist governments. ...

Venezuela pulling out of OAS human rights bodies

CARACAS Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela has begun the process of pulling out of two human rights bodies by formally withdrawing from a regional human rights pact, the Organization of American States said Monday. Venezuela's government notified OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza that it is renouncing...

Chavez foes hope for 'political prisoner' amnesty

CARACAS Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's opposition leaders are calling on President Hugo Chavez to grant amnesty to the country's self-proclaimed political prisoners. Opposition congressman Edgar Zambrano said he was optimistic after presenting a proposed bill amnesty bill to the Full version...

Venezuela judge on trial refuses to enter court

CARACAS Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan authorities began trying the country's most famous judge in absentia Wednesday while she refused to enter the courtroom alleging violations of her rights. Coming nearly three years after her arrest, the trial of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni started amid a scandal...