September 11, 2013
by Max Slater
Venezuela's government officially withdrew from an international human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling a plan by former president Hugo Chavez. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) because the ...[read more]
August 9, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by presidential candidate Henrique Capriles challenging the results of the March election. Capriles lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela's presidential election, which took place following the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro was ...[read more]
July 22, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 22, 2007, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that constitutional reforms would include private property rights. The proposed reforms would have allowed Chavez to stand indefinitely for reelection, handpick local leaders under a new political map, create new types of communal ...[read more]
April 1, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On April 1, 2011, Mexico Attorney General Arturo Chavez resigned, citing personal reasons, although international criticism of his suitability for the position had begun eighteen months earlier with his initial appointment. A leaked US diplomatic cable called his appointment "unexpected." He ...[read more]
February 14, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
A group of UN experts on Thursday urged Venezuela to release Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni from prison. Afiuni has been incarcerated since 2009 after she freed a prisoner that the government of President Hugo Chavez wanted jailed. According to her lawyer, Afiuni was raped in prison and subsequently ...[read more]
January 12, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday called on the Venezuela government to end its censorship and intimidation of media that challenge official reports regarding President Hugo Chavez. Chavez supporters are trying to keep details about his condition and treatment secret, with government agents ...[read more]
December 24, 2012
by Sarah Posner
Venezuelan official stated on Saturday that the country will not be holding a new election, even if President Hugo Chavez is unable to take office on January 10 because of his cancer. Although there is a constitutional mandate that the President be sworn in on January 10, Chavez is currently ...[read more]
September 7, 2012
by Cody Harding
On September 7, 2009, Mexican President Felipe Calderon accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eduardo Medin-Mora Icaza. As Attorney General, Icaza was at the forefront of Mexico's fight against drug cartels. Icaza oversaw increased prosecution of drug cartel leaders and the country's ...[read more]
August 5, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On August 5, 2008, the Venezuelan Supreme Court upheld a list blocking 272 political candidates from running for office because of suspected corruption. Opponents alleged that many of the names on the list were opponents of President Hugo Chavez. His opposition had previously accused Chavez of ...[read more]
July 29, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Ira Paulo Pozon of the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines and JURIST Columnist Edsel Tupaz of Tupaz & Associates say that the Philippine Supreme Court's decision in Chavez vs. JBC, Escudero and Tupas has comprehensively answered a pertinent constitutional ...[read more]

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