In the past decade, journalism has become a deadly profession in Latin America. Attacks on freedom of expression aren’t restricted to journalists; human rights and environmental activists have been targets as well.
The defeat of U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a troubling sign of declining U.S. leverage and moral authority in the hemisphere, and not just on matters of human rights.
Next week the hemisphere’s foreign ministers—including U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson—will gather in Cancun. They will vote on IACHR commissioners and the budget, but will there be real action on Venezuela?
President Macri signed a decree prohibiting the application of the 2×1 law to repressors from the Dirty War, following the public outcry that would have placed these crimes on an equivalent level as common crimes and not crimes against humanity.
The March 28 OAS Permanent Council discussion on Venezuela was a not-so-subtle rebuke to the failed efforts at dialogue. Instead of acknowledging shifting international opinion, though, the next day Venezuela Supreme Court gave the OAS its sharpest example yet of an “interruption in the constitutional process.” Now what?
In the strongest language so far, a joint statement signed by 14 states (and supported by 4-more Caribbean states) condemns Venezuela under the Inter-Democratic Charter. And it asks other member states to follow up if Venezuela doesn’t comply.