Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Human Rights Watch: Chavez using Venezuela's courts to persecute opponents - SunSentinel.com

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez is using Venezuela's judiciary to persecute his political opponents, crack down on media critics and curtail the power of labor unions, a prominent human rights organization reported Monday.

In its annual report, Human Rights Watch condemned what it called "the Venezuelan government's domination of the judiciary and its weakening of democratic checks and balances" last year, warning that Chavez's control over judges and prosecutors has led to "a precarious human rights situation."

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