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Tightening the grip : concentration and abuse of power in Chávez's Venezuela

Author: Daniel Wilkinson; Venezuela. President (1999-2013 : Chávez Frías); Human Rights Watch (Organization)
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, ©2012.
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"The human rights situation in Venezuela has become more precarious since 2008, when Human Rights Watch released its last report on Venezuela, A Decade Under Chávez. The pro-Chávez majority in the National Assembly has passed legislation expanding the government's powers to limit free speech and to punish its critics. The Supreme Court--packed with Chávez supporters in 2004 and re-packed in 2010--has openly  Read more...
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Tightening the grip.
[New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, ©2012
(OCoLC)802662319
Named Person: Hugo Chávez Frías; Hugo Chávez Frías; Hugo Chávez Frías
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Wilkinson; Venezuela. President (1999-2013 : Chávez Frías); Human Rights Watch (Organization)
ISBN: 156432916X 9781564329165
OCLC Number: 805947644
Notes: "July 2012"--Table of contents page.
"This report was researched and written by Human Rights Watch research staff. It was edited by Daniel Wilkinson, deputy Americas director at Human Rights Watch ..."--Page 133.
Description: 133 pages ; 27 cm
Contents: Summary --
The courts --
The media --
Human rights defenders --
Note on methodology --
The courts --
Re-packing the Supreme Court --
The record of the Supreme Court since 2004 --
Rejecting the principle of separation of powers --
Rejecting binding rulings by the Inter-American Court --
Ruling against the independence of NGOs --
Ruling against government transparency --
Upholding prior censorship --
Upholding presidential power to establish crimes by decree --
Upholding the government's power to impose mandatory broadcasts --
Ruling against the right to run for office --
Ruling against the independence of lower court judges --
Judge María Lourdes Afiuni --
Impact on judicial independence --
The Inter-American Human Rights System --
The media --
Expanded powers to censor and punish critics --
RCTV --
Globovisión --
Globovisión president Guillermo Zuloaga --
Globovisión owner Nelson Mezerhane --
Globovisión commentator Oswaldo Álvarez Paz --
Tu Imagen TV --
Censoring satire --
Censoring news coverage --
Censoring violent images --
Censoring a soap opera --
Remaking the media landscape --
Impact on free speech --
Human rights defenders --
Criminal complaints against human rights defenders --
Expanded powers to punish human rights defenders --
Venezuelan observatory of prisons --
Citizen watch --
Public space --
COFAVIC --
PROVEA --
Human rights defenders outside of caracas --
Limiting public access to information --
Impact on human rights advocacy --
Venezuela's obligations under international law --
Judicial independence --
Freedom of expression --
Prior censorship --
Regulating media content --
Controlling the airwaves --
Access to information --
Community media --
Protection of human rights defenders --
Recommendations --
Regarding judicial independence --
Regarding freedom of expression --
Regarding human rights defenders --
Regarding the Inter-American Human Rights System --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Concentration and abuse of power in Chávez's Venezuela
Responsibility: [ed. by Daniel Wilkinson and others].

Abstract:

"The human rights situation in Venezuela has become more precarious since 2008, when Human Rights Watch released its last report on Venezuela, A Decade Under Chávez. The pro-Chávez majority in the National Assembly has passed legislation expanding the government's powers to limit free speech and to punish its critics. The Supreme Court--packed with Chávez supporters in 2004 and re-packed in 2010--has openly rejected its role as an independent check on presidential power, while joining with the president in dismissing the authority of the Inter-American system of human rights. The accumulation of power in the executive, the removal of institutional safeguards, and the erosion of human rights guarantees have given the Chávez government free rein to intimidate, censor, and punish Venezuelans who "offend" the president or obstruct his political aims. Tightening the Grip documents the abuses, showing how President Hugo Chávez and his supporters have made ample use of these powers over the past four years in a wide range of cases, with negative consequences for judicial independence, media freedom, and civil and political rights."--Page 4 of cover.

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