Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
15 October 2009

Invitation to African Human Rights Day Celebration on 21 October 2009

The Legal Resources Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

invite you to attend a celebration of

Africa Human Rights Day

on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 at 13:00

Venue:

Dean King Hall

St George’s Cathedral

5 Wale Street

Cape Town

Speaker:

Prof Michelo Hansungule

Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists

Eminent expert on African human rights

‘South Africa’s role in the African regional human rights system: achievements and outstanding commitments’

followed by a panel discussion.

RSVP please by Monday, 19 October 2009 to Wilmien Wicomb at

wilmien@lrc.org.za

tel: (021) 481 3000

fax: (021) 423 0935

For more information on the host organizations, go to www.lrc.org.za and www.chr.up.ac.za.

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