Time to get some new lawyers

As predicted, Chávez is lashing out furiously at the harsh report on Venezuela and human rights issued by the OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), calling it “pure garbage.” But although he’s angry, he doesn’t seem to have a clear idea what’s actually happening:

Chávez said his administration is preparing to “denounce the agreement through which Venezuela joined, what’s it called, that dreadful Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and get out of there. Because, why? It’s not worth it. That thing is a mafia.”

The thing is, you can’t just leave the IACHR. It’s part of the OAS, created in Article 106 of the Charter of the Organization of American States. All members of the OAS are also members of the IACHR, including the United States, which is why the IACHR and its various rapporteurships regularly criticize the U.S. To leave the IACHR, you have to leave the OAS.

The only other government that tried to exempt itself from its human rights obligations as an OAS member was Peru under Fujimori, which tells you something.

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