The international community should demand a cease and desist of all foreign intervention into Venezuelan affairs and support a peaceful solution of the crisis by the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López has been thrust onto the international stage during the past week of protests in Venezuela and his arrest on February 21. López is mentioned at least 77 times in diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.
At a large opposition march in Caracas, far right leader Leopoldo Lopez handed himself in to the National Guard. Other large opposition and pro-government rallies and marches were held peacefully around the country.
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.