28 February 2010

Pedro Burelli confronts OAS' José Miguel Insulza

Fellow blogger Pedro Burelli has confronted OAS' Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, by way of questioning his silence with regards to the indictment that the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published this week against Venezuela. Insulza then tries to get out of it, arguing about there not being precedent of a Secretary General commenting on IACHR reports, for its a totally independent body, etc.

Since Pedro has invited commentary and questions, I would like to ask Mr. Insulza whether he could provide evidence of precedent, given that this is the reason he says has prevented him from commenting on the violations of human, civil, and political rights in Venezuela, of a Secretary General of the OAS involved in the following:
  1. Using OAS tenure and position to promote personal political career.
  2. Using OAS tenure and position to support anti-democratic and unconstitutional measures.
  3. Using OAS tenure and position to support dictatorships.

1 comment:

StJacques said...

Well I offer a tip of my hat to Pedro Burelli. Few men have done more harm the causes of freedom, democracy, and especially the rule of constitutional law in the Americas than Jose Miguel Insulza. I have a very long list of complaints against him; his concealment of gross electoral fraud in Venezuela, the burying of the story told in the Interpol report on the Reyes documents, his refusal to call for the enforcement of the late 2008 agreement negotiated in Bolivia to guarantee constitutional protections to the opposition to Evo Morales and the more recent assault on Honduran democracy which, thankfully, failed.

I am now trying to write one of the most difficult blogs I will ever publish. In the aftermath of the Cumbre de Rio in Cancun, Mexico I have decided that the U.S. must now act forcefully to revive the OAS--definitely without Insulza--and push for the Inter-American Charter on democratic freedoms and human rights. But after Insulza, it will be so difficult.