The Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, given the information that has been disseminated by different media outlets about the alleged admission of charges presented by the lawyers of the absent mayor of Maracaibo, Manuel Rosales, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for alleged violations of his rights, wishes to state:
- International human rights bodies, without making value judgments about them, are venues to resolve differences related to violations of these rights or charges that have not been duly dealt with in the appropriate national institutions; they should not be used as screens to hide abuses or evade responsibility from regular national judicial processes.
- The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, according to its internal procedures, receives all charges presented, acknowledges their receipt, and once analyzed, if it finds elements that will allow it to determine if there are possible violations, informs the State concerned about the charges and waits for the State to reply regarding the veracity of the claims and any actions it has taken, as well as any element that will allow it to analyze the charges, towards emitting an opinion so that commissioners can determine their admission or rejection.
- It is impossible for a State not to have information regarding the admission of cases submitted to the Commission. Furthermore, once these decisions are taken, they are made public knowledge through the Commission’s website. There are no confidential admissions; for a charge to be admitted, the State must be informed. As such, any Venezuelan can access the Commission’s website to see that no case relating to these events has been admitted.
- The Executive Secretary of the Commission receives any charges that arrive at this body and responds by noting they will be analyzed; this does not signify a ruling about the merits of the charges, as the lawyers of absent Mayor Manuel Rosales are pretending.
- In the case of absent Mayor Manuel Rosales, what has occurred is that his charges were received and he was informed that they will be added to those previously submitted, since the facts of the matter are the same. This does not mean that the charges were admitted.
The Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, given this new attempt at media manipulation by the same groups that represent old sectors who are enemies of popular change, clarifies the truth and debunks the lie made in the disseminated information.
The ethical choice that should be made for the country is to encourage absent Mayor Manuel Rosales to attend his court case, to serve his summons, in order to justify the many goods obtained while in office, which abused the trust of the voters of Zulia state.
Caracas, April 2, 2009
Translation by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office