Venezuelan FM Condemns New Sanctions Imposed by TIAR Nations

Jorge Arreaza recalled that several of the countries that support the U.S are currently mired in popular mobilizations against neoliberal policies.

Venezuelan Foreign MinisterJorge Arreaza condemned on Tuesday the activation of measures on sanctions against officials of the Venezuelan government during the meeting of the Inter - American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance ( Rio Treaty ), which was held in Bogotá, Colombia on December 3.

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Arreaza said that some of the allied regional governments of the United States seek to push for war against Venezuela by "inventing lists" aggressors, he said.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister recalled that several of the countries that support the U.S. in their aggressions against Venezuela are immersed in popular mobilizations against the neoliberal policies applied by their presidents.

The TIAR is a mechanism that the administration of Donald Trump has tried to apply against Venezuela to try to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution and thus justify all the sanctions and economic blockades that apply to the South American country.

The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.

TIAR Rejection

However, Mexico and Panama refused to join the measures against the Government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The representative of Panama before the OAS, María Roquebert said that: “Panama requests that the legal systems of each country be followed”, and in its specific case, “the necessary documentation and evidence on those designated by the competent authorities must be received to that, according to Panamanian legislation, investigations can be expedited, and thus establish the corresponding sanctions and consequences. ”

“The list of people who are asked to apply sanctions was prepared by a group of countries such as Colombia and Brazil, of which Panama was not part; therefore, like other delegations, we have requested to receive the proper documentation that supports the inclusion of the members subject to sanctions, which so far has not been received,” details a statement from the Panamanian Foreign Ministry.

For his part, the Undersecretary for Latin America of the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga, said that his government rejects any action taken within the framework of the TIAR.

Zúñiga recalled that the solution to settle differences between countries and governments has to be diplomatic and not coercive. 

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Dominica's High Court rejects opposition attempt to stop election

Dominica's High Court denied a request from the opposition for an injunction to stop Friday's General election from going forward.

Judge Bernie Stephenson ruled that since the president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, had already issued a writ to hold the elections, the high court could not intervene.  The petition was filed by the Concerned Citizens Movement, or CCM, a group that reflects the views of the UWP opposition party.  Lawyers for the CCM have already said that they will appeal the decision, this may bring the case to the Caribbean Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago.

Earlier, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed the nation and called on opposition leaders and supporters to stop trying to prevent Friday's Elections, he went on to say that the opposition had fed a false narrative to external forces and the OAS.

Referring to the latest opposition protests, the prime minister said the security forces would act with restraint, but would not let things get out of hand.   Skerrit also said that the opposition is desperate as it stands to lose the elections and that the UWP leadership is unfit to lead Dominica.

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Caribbean leaders reject OAS attempts to interfere in Dominica

Roseau, December 2 (RHC)-- Latin American and the Caribbean leaders have rejected attempts by the Organization of American States (OAS) to boycott the general elections that will be held in Dominica on December 6th.

The OAS and its Secretary-General Luis Almagro "are enemies of the democratic and progressive forces of our continent," said Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Goncalves.  He also recalled that the OAS has made interventionist statements against Venezuela, Cuba, and Bolivia, which appear to be a replica of Washington's standard discourse against leftist governments.

In the case of Dominica, a Caribbean state that has been led by the Labor Party in recent years, the OAE has held positions that subtly support the opposition Unified Workers Party (UWP) leader Lennox Linton, who has been demanding an electoral reform before the upcoming elections.

Supported by the country's most conservative sectors, this opposition group has been trying to create confusion, fear, and chaos so as to delegitimize in advance the validity of the election results.

The OAS-UWP actions seem to follow a sequence very similar to the strategy used in Bolivia, which began by questioning the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), then continued to proclaim in advance the existence of fraud and, finally, culminated in performing a coup d'etat on behalf of "democracy."

"If they believe the elections are held unconstitutionally, they can go to court," Goncalves said and added that they will not possibly be taken seriously because "these elections are conducted properly."  Likewise, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) described OAS actions as intolerable examples of interference in Dominica's internal affairs.​​​​​​​  "Dominica is the next objective of Almagro and the OAS. They want to do what they did with the elections in Bolivia."  

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, who is also president of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, questioned the feasibility of implementing an electoral reform just a few weeks before general elections.  Besides pointing out that there is no constitutional crisis in Dominica, Browne explained that it is not practical to extend the elections beyond December 6th because a political conflict could arise if the five-year requirement is postponed.​​​​​​​

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OAS Conspiring to Oust Him from Gov't: Dominica PM Tells teleSUR

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has accused OAS of attempting to add another overseas-funded coup to its tally sheet.

Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit took the Organization of American States' Secretary-General Luis Almagro to task for "leading a campaign" of incitement against the islands' ruling Labour Party, the premier affirmed in an exclusive interview with teleSUR’s Madelein Garcia Wednesday.

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"They (OAS) are targeting certain member states. Dominica is one such country that they’re targeting and my government is one such government that they are targeting. So it is not about free and fair elections -- it is not about the electoral process. They (OAS) have waited for this opportunity to implement this strategy, so,  it is something that has been in the making for three or four years," Skerrit stated.  

The premier believes that the main motivating factor behind, what he describes as the "OAS’ crusade to delegitimize his government," is a "punishment" for consistently voting against non-interference in the region, and more succinctly, against OAS resolutions on Venezuela.    

In 2017, Dominica was among three CARICOM member states that voted against a failed United States-backed resolution on Venezuela at the OAS General Assembly in Mexico. Speaking on the sidelines of that meeting, the PM told teleSUR that Almagro should be fired and the OAS has lost its way.

A year later, the small Caribbean island of about 75,000 residents, was among only four OAS member countries that voted against a resolution to suspend Venezuela from the 34-member group.

Fast-forward to the present day, and it turns out that Almagro has been very vocal about recent opposition-led protests in Dominica. On Nov. 19, the OAS chief tweeted about his reservations about the holding of free and fair elections in Dominica, while endorsing and substantiating the opposition’s demands for electoral reform ahead of the Dec. 6 polls, when 21 members of the House of Assembly will be chosen.

‘’We are having general elections in our country on Dec. 6, and there are attempts to derail or prevent this from happening.  The Secretary-General of the OAS is supposed to be an independent person; an apolitical person...but it is clear by his actions, his utterances, and his statements that he has a bias in [sic] Dominica-- and that bias is against my government,’’ Skerrit told teleSUR.

The PM also pointed out that there were similar attempts by the ‘’foreign entities and interests’’  to do the same in the region, and more specifically, in Venezuela.  Calling it the "same script" the Dominican leader adds that the OAS’ mantra about 'free and fair elections’ has become a formal justification for undercutting democracy and toppling non-conforming governments to make way for U.S.-backed political parties to take their seat at the governance table.

 

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OAS admits absence of final report on elections in Bolivia

Washington, November 28 (RHC)-- Although over a month has gone by, the Organization of American States does not have the report that allegedly would demonstrate the existence of irregularities in the presidential elections.

In response to a request made by the Latin American Strategic Center for Geopolitics (Celag), the Organization of American States (OAS) acknowledges that its final report on Bolivia's presidential elections is not ready yet.  "When it is complete, the final report and all its annexes will be available for public consultation," the OAS Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation director, Gerardo de Icaza, admitted.

His statement was made in a letter sent to Celag, an academic institution that requested the OAS electoral audit, which endorsed the existence of electoral fraud, be published completely.  "After offering us empty answers, they reply us with this letter on November 25, in which they recognize that 36 days after the elections they don't have a definitive report yet," Celag researcher Alfredo Serrano, tweeted.

After the October 20th presidential elections, reports of alleged irregularities were used by far-right politicians and businessmen to unleash protests that forced President Evo Morales to resign.

Amid this context, Celag and other research institutions criticized the OAS report as international observers recommended a second electoral round even before rural votes were counted.  After Morales resigned, opposition lawmaker Jeanine Añez self-proclaimed herself Bolivia's interim president on November 12th.

"This is sinister.  Bolivia's Army delivered the highest award of military merit to de facto president Jeanine Añez.  The coup continues, the death toll accumulates, the repression does not halt and they congratulate each other for breaking a country."

This US-backed political maneuver was supported by the Army and the Police, which unleashed a campaign of violent repression against citizens who protested the presidential succession.  On Tuesday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) executive secretary Paulo Abrao also acknowledged that Bolivia may need help to investigate a "massive" number of human rights violations.

Therefore he recommended local authorities coordinate with an international panel of experts similar to one formed to investigate the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico.  "Normally in these situations... national institutions aren't prepared to resolve such a massive grouping of violations," Abrao said in Cochabamba, a region hard hit by the State-led violence.

Over the last week, thanks to a United Nations-led mediation process, the Añez administration and supporters of Evo Morales have managed to reach deals to pave the way for new elections, to end protests and to withdraw troops from the streets.​​​​​​​

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New OAS interference in Haiti rejected

Port-au-Prince, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian platform Nou pap Domi (We will not sleep) rejected the OAS project to fight corruption in Haiti and questions its alliance with leaders, splashed in cases of embezzlement to the Treasury.

The organization, which has been characterized by its criticism of President Jovenel Moïse's management, and his alleged involvement in embezzlement, said the government lacks legitimacy to create a commission to fight impunity and immunity, following a report of the Court of Auditors.

For Nou Pap Domi any initiative of international entities or embassies that does not take into account the voice of the people is doomed to fail.

It recalled the experiences of the United Nations peacekeeping missions in Haiti, which after 15 years were unable to change the situation in the country, particularly in the field of human rights, he said.

'The Organization of American States must treat Haiti like all other members of the organization with honor and respect for the demands of the Haitian people committed to democracy, transparency and participation', said this group.

The project of the international organization named Institutional Strengthening to combat corruption in Haiti, which must be implemented in four years by the Central Unit of Financial Intelligence, the Anti-Corruption Unit and the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Procedures, among other institutions, has a financing of about 18 million dollars.

This year, several organizations criticized the interference of the OAS, and by the international community, in the internal affairs of the Caribbean nation, while questioning its support for the Government.

In June last progressive movements rejected the visit of a delegation of that organization, and indicated that its purpose is to persecute and isolate progressive governments, which increasingly makes it an office, 'to execute the most shameful plans of imperialism'.

At that time, the former US ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo arrived in Haiti, with the alleged purpose of facilitating dialogue between President Jovenel Moise and the sectors requesting his resignation.

Regarding that visit, Camille Chalmers, spokesman for the Rasin Kan Pep la party, told Prensa Latina that the people of Haiti do not want this interference, 'they do not want a solution made in Washington, and they do not want to accept that the OAS tell us what We have to do with our countries. '

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Thousands of Colombians Demonstrate Amid Duque's Militarization

President Ivan Duque ordered the deployment of 4,000 additional police on the streets, aerial surveillance of protests and the closure of international borders.

As a response to the nationwide strike that thousands of Colombians are carrying out on Thursday, President Ivan Duque increased the number of troops patrolling in urban areas, which generated concern at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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"The Office notes with concern the issuance of several decrees and instructives which could allow mayors and governors to declare curfews and request military support for public order control," the UNCHR representative in Colombia Alberto Brunori said.

Since Monday, citizens have also expressed their surprise and anxiety over the presence of soldiers armed with combat weapons in Bogota, the capital of the country.

The government argued that the military presence in the streets does not imply a militarization of the country but "a support" to the Police's everyday tasks. This reasoning, however, has been criticized.

"States must limit and condition the use of Military Forces to control internal disturbances as much as possible, since military training, equipment, and perspectives are not adequate to guarantee the protection and control of civilians," Brunori explained.

Since Tuesday human rights defenders have been denounced that the Police raided homes of social leaders in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali.

So far, according to UNCHR data, 27 raids have been carried out in Bogotá, five in Cali and four in Medellín to homes of activists, offices of social organizations and alternative media facilities.

Alleging the need to avoid possible excesses, the Duque administration also launched other security measures such as the closure of international borders, deployment of 4,000 additional police on the streets and aerial surveillance of protests.

Colombia's main organizations of workers, farmers, and students reject Duque’s neoliberal policy package, which seeks to eliminate the state-based pension fund, increase the retirement age and hire young people with salaries below the minimum wage.

Progressive parties and organizations also require the right-wing government to demonstrate a greater commitment to the implementation of the Peace Agreement and more protection to the lives of social leaders, who have been victims of selective killings executed by "unidentified" paramilitary groups.​​​​​

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016, at least 777 social leaders and 137 former guerrilla fighters have been killed in Colombia, according to the Institute for Development and Peace (Indepaz)​​​​​​.

 

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Evo Morales condemns dictatorship at news conference in Mexico City

Mexico City, November 21 (RHC)-- At a press conference held in Mexico City, Bolivia's President-in-exile Evo Morales on Wednesday analyzed the latest consequences of the coup d'etat that allowed opposition senator Jeanine Añez to proclaim herself as interim president.

The Movement to Socialism (MAS) leader began by highlighting that the victims of the repression carried out by the Police and the Army have increased over the last week.  "After the coup, they have killed about 30 people.  This massacre is part of genocide in our beloved Bolivia," Morales said and stressed: "They are killing my brothers and sisters."

Morales then presented a video in which the number of people killed, in different places and different dates, was detailed.  Bolivia's president-in-exile also warned that right-wing groups are trying to hide information about their fascist violence by stealing corpses and manipulating autopsies.

Morales recalled that during his administration, no one was shot dead until the day of his resignation; however, "now, we've seen how helicopters fire at people who are defending democracy."

Meanwhile, Bolivia's military-coup government was posting messages stating that "our military avoided a great tragedy and prevented thousands of El Alto people from dying."​​​​​​​  This paradoxical interpretation of what happened in Senkata on Tuesday, however, is part of a broader political strategy against Evo Morales and his supporters.

The Añez administration on Wednesday announced that it will file an international complaint against Evo Morales for "crimes against humanity."  Besides being blamed for organizing road blockades to prevent food from reaching several cities, the Indigenous leader is being accused of an alleged "possible" bomb attack at the Senkata refinery.  All these ​​​​​​​"destabilizing actions" would have been planned by Morales from Mexico and using his phone.​​​​​​​

In a new effort to halt chaos in the Andean country, the Socialist senator Efrain Chambi on Wednesday presented "the Exceptional and Transitional Bill for National and Subnational Elections," which was referred to the Constitution Commission for its analysis.

This happened shortly after the self-proclaimed president Añez threatened again to call elections through a decree, which would constitute a new rupture of the Bolivian constitution and laws.  On the calling for new elections, Morales said that "everything for peace" is admissible, although he also recalled that he won in the first round; therefore he invited the international community to conduct a new audit of the electoral results.

Regarding accusations that he would be fostering terrorism, the MAS leader said he did not know the details of the legal actions against him, which the Añez administration is or will be fostering.

Nevertheless, after recalling the experience of the Bolivian popular struggle in the 1980s and 1990s, Morales pointed out that such misleading practices "are typical of dictatorships."

Bolivia’s president-in exile ended his press conference in Mexico City asking the international community not to support the coup d'etat, that is, not be behave like the Organization of American States (OAS).

“International organizations should support the most humble and poor people,” Morales said and stressed that “we will democratically recover political power, as usual.”

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