Yesterday Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) declared a ruling by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) “unenforceable”, thereby maintaining the prohibition against opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez from exercising public positions.
By Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 18th 2011
Despite the fact that he still had a possible ban from holding public office hanging over his head, presidential hopeful Leopoldo Lopez chose to take his lead from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights last Sunday and get started on his electoral campaign.
By Miguel Angel Perez Pirela – Rebelión, Sep 29th 2011
Before saying anything else, I want to state clearly: whoever wants to give in to the temptation of having senseless political discussions about Leopoldo Lopez can go right ahead...Leopoldo Lopez represents no political threat at all to anyone, much less for presidential candidate Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, dismissed a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) this Saturday, after the body tried to override a decision by Venezuela’s judicial authorities to ban an opposition politician from holding public office.
This week Venezuela’s top legal ofﬁcial reiterated his assertion that any decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) must respect the country’s "constitutionally-based judicial order" in the case of Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition politician barred from holding public ofﬁce for acts of corruption and administrative irregularities.
Yesterday, Venezuela’s Public Defender Gabriela Ramírez affirmed that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has an “extraordinary opportunity” to set legal precedence in cases of corruption as it relates to Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan opposition figure banned from holding public office back in 2008.