EU Officials Speak Out against Crisis in Venezuela, Urge Maduro to Respect Constitution

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 28, 2017, 1:11 pm
 Crisis in Venezuela
Koetsenruijter, a representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy, expressed his discomfort regarding Venezuela’s lack of transparency and respect for the basic principles of democracy.(Primicias 24)

EspañolThe European Union is urging Venezuela to respect its constitution.

The South American division of the European External Action Service urged the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, to respect the human rights and laws of the constitution, which many have accused him of ignoring and manipulating.

During his speech before the European External Action Service, Head of the division Adrianus Koetsenruijter called for a “relaunch” of dialogues between Maduro’s administration and the Venezuelan opposition.

“It is about respecting the constitution,” he said, “respecting basic and fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression, opinion and association.”


Koetsenruijter, a representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy, expressed his discomfort regarding Venezuela’s lack of transparency and respect for the basic principles of democracy.

He also criticized constant confrontations between the regime and the opposition-controlled national assembly while suggesting that many problems in the country are a result of dipping oil prices and “bad economic governance.”

“Economic conditions, and therefore social conditions, as well as other consequences such as high levels of violence, are a very serious problem, both present and visible to the population,” he said.

He also expressed special concern about the 600,000 citizens who possess a European Union passport, mostly Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, who reside in Venezuela, as well as the high number of immigrants who “do not think they have any possibility of working and living in the future” in Venezuela.

Source: La Patilla

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Venezuelan Army Enlisted to Crack Down on Independent media

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 28, 2017, 12:31 pm

EspañolA new report in Venezuela details the government's plan to increase censorship of the media through various tactics, including the use of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. According to Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino López, a report was drafted in an effort to not only defend chavismo and its leaders, but also to combat "possible internal and external enemies," which includes the media. The document established the need to control the media, saying that attacks on revolutionary military leaders and the increase of cyber warfare tactics require that more control be put on the internet. This would reportedly include the monitoring of Internet activity as well as dispossession and seizure of equipment by security officials. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The report details the most important issues for officials to combat, including smear campaigns against the military, changes to the military or political leaders, paramilitarism and any information or event that may result in widespread discontent on a national level, as well as political leaders on the international level making statements against the country's policies. In a report published by Reporters Without Borders, both Raul Castro in Cuba and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela were listed as "predators" of the press in Latin America. In 2016, Venezuela fell to position 139 out of 180 countries in the organization's World Press Freedom Index . Source: El Nacional

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