On Wednesday Venezuela’s Oswaldo Alvarez Paz was formally convicted of “spreading false information” to the general public by making unsubstantiated claims on national television that his country had “become a safe haven for drug trafficking and terrorism.”
State response to the current prison crisis in Venezuela has been based on a premise of respecting human rights and not engaging lethal violence, despite deadly force employed by some prisoner, argued the Venezuelan government.
Yesterday Iris Varela of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) accused the Venezuelan opposition of trying to throw ‘a cloak of immunity’ over those who carried out massacres and torture during the era of the 4th Republic (1958-1998). Varela made the comments after members of the opposition tried to deride the proposed Law Against Silence and Forgetting, which was approved in first discussion by parliament yesterday.
The Venezuelan government announced it will investigate illegal practices within private health clinics after a number of “irregularities” came to light. In the most severe cases patients died as a result of being denied treatment due to errors with their health insurance code.
In an attempt to “humanise” the country’s penitentiary system, the Venezuelan government announced this Tuesday the creation of a new ministry which will be responsible for the transformation of the nation’s jails.
Due to increased electricity use as well as the global need to save energy, the Venezuelan government is implementing a number of measures to encourage the private, public, and domestic sectors to reduce usage.
Due to the work of the National Bolivarian Police (PNB), crime is down by 53% in Caracas, according to the Chief of Police. However, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez criticised the killing of three prisoners in a cell of the CICPC, Venezuelan’s crime investigation body.
This Tuesday the president of the Republic, Hugo Chávez , approved an increase of 80% in the grants provided to the working mothers who are involved in maintaining “food houses” throughout the country.
Documents found on computers of slain FARC commander "Raul Reyes" are inadmissible as evidence in court as the material is illegally obtained and provides no evidence, Colombia's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
18 months after he fled Venezuela to avoid criminal prosecution for what authorities claim were $27 million dollars in illegal currency transactions, a U.S. court granted political asylum to fugitive Venezuelan banker Eligio Cedeño.