August 22, 2017
Chile has granted political asylum to five Venezuelans who have been threatened by the government-stacked Supreme Court after being named to the court by the opposition-controlled congress.
Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz announced Tuesday that the judges who sought refuge at the home of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas will be allowed to reside in Chile.
The Chilean government has asked President Nicolas Maduro to let them leave the country.
Venezuela’s congress named 33 new judges to the Supreme Court in late July. But the court said they had illegally usurped power and would face consequences.
A new, all-powerful constitutional assembly approved a decree Friday to take over congress’ power to pass legislation on important matters. Dozens of foreign governments have refused to recognize the assembly.
Chile grants political asylum to 5 Venezuelan judges
August 2, 2017
Two judges appointed by Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly have taken refuge in the residence of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas.
Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz tweeted Tuesday that Beatriz Ruiz and Jose Fernando Nunez arrived “in search of protection” and said they have been offered asylum if they want it.
Ruiz and Nunez were among 33 judges sworn in on July 21 by the National Assembly in defiance of Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court. The country’s highest court quickly declared the appointments unconstitutional and said the judges would be illegally usurping power and betraying the nation if they tried to take their new posts.
The pair joins another Venezuelan judge who took refuge in the Chilean residence in Caracas. At least three judges appointed by the National Assembly have been detained.
The White House is condemning what it calls “the Maduro dictatorship” over the arrests of two top opposition leaders in Venezuela overnight.
January 20, 2017
In two weeks UK Barrister Julia Lowis will be running 100km across Argentina and Chile in solidarity with lawyers at risk across the world. In this short video she explains why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUoLmklT644&feature=youtu.be
(source Peace Brigades International (UK) Facebook)