[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.
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
Dean King Hall
St George’s Cathedral
5 Wale Street
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
tel: (021) 481 3000
fax: (021) 423 0935BACK TO TOP