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Venezuela/Canada: Phone-tapping, fear and threats: Why an ex-Venezuelan judge is seeking refuge in Canada

November 16, 2017

The Globe and Mail

A former Venezuelan judge who says she was forced under threat to sign arrest warrants for President Nicolas Maduro’s political opponents is seeking refugee protection in Canada.

In an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail, Ralenis Tovar said she and her family fled Venezuela on July 28, claiming refugee status when they landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

After more than three years of what she described as threats, stalking and a kidnapping attempt by members of the Maduro regime, Ms. Tovar said her fear peaked in June when another judge involved in the sentencing of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was murdered. Ms. Tovar, who claims she was once forced to sign an arrest warrant for Mr. Lopez, knew it was time to leave.

“Nelson Moncada was found murdered and [he] was involved in Leopoldo Lopez’s case too. I felt that it might be the government who, in one way or another, was trying to get rid of people who were involved in that case,” Ms. Tovar said in Spanish through her counsel Victor Korsun, who translated for her.

Ms. Tovar, 47, fled with her 13-year-old daughter and husband. They are currently living in a Toronto hotel until they can move into an apartment in December. In the meantime, they are awaiting a hearing with the Immigration and Refugee Board.

The Caracas-born lawyer left behind friends, family and a 17-year career as a judge in the Venezuelan capital. She says she started to notice the judiciary losing its independence in 2009, but things intensified in 2013 when Mr. Maduro became President.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/phone-tapping-fear-and-threats-why-an-ex-venezuelan-judge-is-seeking-refuge-in-canada/article37000457/

https://www.voanews.com/a/five-venzuelan-judges-given-refuge-in-chile/4078694.html

http://nationalpost.com/g00/pmn/news-pmn/chile-welcomes-venezuelan-judges-after-granting-them-asylum?i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8%3D

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-chile/exiled-venezuelan-opposition-magistrates-resurface-in-chile-idUSKBN1CO2XA

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2444969&CategoryId=10717

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Venezuela: Venezuela: violations de Caracas soumises à la CPI

le 13 octobre, 2017

L’ancienne procureure générale du Venezuela Luisa Ortega, en exil, va donner un dossier à la CPI sur des exécutions extrajudiciaires et d’autres violations menées par son gouvernement. Elle a rencontré vendredi à Genève le Haut commissaire aux droits de l’homme.

Ce document pour la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sera accompagné “d’un ensemble d’expertises” qui prouvent ces exécutions, a-t-elle dit à quelques journalistes après sa discussion avec Zeid Raad al-Hussein. Après s’être réfugiée fin août en Colombie, Luisa Ortega, entrée en dissidence, avait entamé une tournée à travers l’Amérique latine, au Brésil, au Costa Rica et au Mexique.

Elle avait présenté des indications à charge sur la corruption présumée du gouvernement. Son successeur a expliqué qu’il n’ouvrirait pas d’investigations contre le président Nicolas Maduro sur ces allégations. Luisa Ortega avait été congédiée de ses fonctions début août par la nouvelle Assemblée constituante controversée, acquise au chef de l’Etat.

De son côté, M. Zeid a dénoncé en septembre devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme de possibles “crimes contre l’humanité” dans ce pays, accusations qualifiées de “mensonges” par le gouvernement. Il a demandé un mécanisme international d’investigations sur les violences de ces derniers mois entre le régime et les opposants qui ont fait au total au moins plus de 120 victimes.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/venezuela–violations-de-caracas-soumises-%C3%A0-la-cpi/43594620

http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20171013-une-etats-unis-retirent-unesco

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/have-evidence-against-maduros-graft-luisa-ortega/article19856054.ece (ENGLISH)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ousted-venezuelan-prosecutor-leaks-odebrecht-bribe-video-50449258 (ENGLISH)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/world/americas/venezuela-odebrecht-maduro-corruption.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-venezuelan-attorney-general-presenting-corruption-evidence-to-u-s-1507949458 (ENGLISH)

http://www.panorama.com.ve/politicayeconomia/Luisa-Ortega-Diaz-se-reunio-con-alto-comisionado-de-la-ONU-20171013-0040.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elcolombiano.com/internacional/venezuela/exfiscal-luisa-ortega-habla-de-venezuela-KI7468804 (ESPANOL)

Venezuela/USA: Persecuted Venezuelan Judges Flee to US to Serve as Supreme Court in Exile

October 11, 2017

magistrados - tsj exilio

The five Venezuelan judges living under the protection of the Chilean embassy in Caracas escaped to the United States through Colombia, Chilean officials announced.

The judges, persecuted by the regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro, reportedly decided to leave the safety of the embassy in order to form a Supreme Court of Justice in exile.

“The Chilean government reports that on October 9 of this year, the Venezuelan citizens to whom our country granted political asylum, left the residence of the Ambassador of our country in Caracas,” the Chilean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Sources close to the judges said they escaped to Colombia by crossing the border city of Cúcuta and from there traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the Organization of American States (OAS) and other Venezuelan exiles.

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/10/11/persecuted-venezuelan-judges-flee-to-us-to-serve-as-supreme-court-in-exile/

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13438

https://www.voanews.com/a/venezuelan-opposition-courts-attention-with-event-at-oas/4069064.html

https://www.thecipherbrief.com/column_article/venezuelan-government-in-exile-sets-up-shop-in-d-c

Venezuela/EU: EU Sakharov prize shortlist revealed

October 11, 2017

The Venezuelan opposition, a Guatemalan indigenous leader and an imprisoned Eritrean writer were shortlisted on Tuesday (10 October) for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

The parliament said the three finalists for 2016 are Guatemalan Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Venezuela’s democratic opposition and Swedish-Eritrean journalist and playwright Dawit Isaak.

The shortlist was decide by a vote by the members of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees.

Named after the dissident Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov, who died in 1989, the prize is awarded every year to honour individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression, often falling foul of their governments as a result.

The winner, the Parliament said in a statement, will be chosen on 26 October by the presidents of the European Parliament’s political groups and Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic is a member of the Council of Ki’che’ Peoples, which fights to protect natural resources and human rights from the expansion of mining, logging, hydroelectric and agro-industry sectors, the parliament said, adding she has faced threats.

Also on the list is Venezuela’s democratic opposition, led by National Assembly leader Julio Borges and including all political prisoners who were also Sakharov finalists in 2015. The names of Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González are mentioned.

“The situation in Venezuela has been seriously deteriorating as regards democracy, human rights and socio-economy, in a climate of growing political and social instability,” it said.

http://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/news/eu-sakharov-prize-shortlist-revealed/

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/world/venezuelan-opposition-again-finalist-for-the-sakharov-prize-h9569.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Ledezma

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Ledezma (FRANCAIS)

Venezuela/Mexico: Former Venezuelan prosecutor meets Mexican attorney general

September 1, 2017

Venezuela's former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz speaks during a news conference at the General Prosecutor's office in San Jose

Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega met Mexico’s attorney general on Thursday, a Mexican official said, weeks after she fled her homeland accusing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in corruption.

Ortega, who was removed from her position earlier this month, said a week ago she had evidence that Maduro was involved in graft with construction company Odebrecht.

The 59-year-old Ortega has said she would give details of the corruption cases to authorities in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

Mexican attorney general Raul Cervantes met Ortega for around 10 minutes in Mexico City, an official at the attorney general’s office said. He gave no further details of the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Late on Thursday, Ortega posted a picture on Twitter of herself with Cervantes in Mexico, saying the two had met to “coordinate actions in the fight against corruption.”

Pictures posted on social media earlier on Thursday showed Ortega arriving at Mexico City airport.

Ortega says she has been persecuted by opponents in an effort to hide details of high-level corruption and that she has proof of it.

She was a key player in Venezuela’s government before breaking with it in March. Ortega left Venezuela for Colombia and traveled to Brazil to meet prosecutors last week.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-venezuelan-prosecutor-meets-mexican-attorney-general-031351040–sector.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuelan-president-maduro-address-u-n-human-rights-134715018.html

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/09/04/international-effort-to-declare-venezuelan-regime-a-criminal-organization/

http://www.europe1.fr/international/venezuela-lex-procureure-en-fuite-remet-des-documents-au-mexique-3425237 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lafm.com.co/internacional/exfiscal-luisa-ortega-dice-ya-entrego-informacion-importante-corrupcion-venezuela/ (ESPANOL)

Venezuela/Colombia: Le parcours de Luisa Ortega, procureure générale au Venezuela contrainte à l’exil

le 29 août, 2017

Luisa Ortega lors d'une conférence de presse à San Jose le 28 août 2017

Le 5 août, le couperet tombe: Luisa Ortega est écartée de ses fonctions de procureure générale au Venezuela, après des semaines passées à dénoncer la radicalisation du président socialiste Nicolas Maduro.

Son éviction a été décidée par la toute nouvelle et toute puissante Assemblée constituante, voulue par le président Maduro mais décriée par une grande partie de la communauté internationale.

– La perte des illusions –

Chaviste (du nom du défunt Hugo Chavez, président de 1999 à 2013) de la première heure, Luisa Ortega, 59 ans, perd toutes ses illusions quand une violente crise politique commence à enflammer le pays début avril.

Cette avocate de formation, connue pour sa force de caractère, critique tour-à-tour la violence des forces de l’ordre dans les manifestations, le jugement de civils devant des tribunaux militaires ou encore la légitimité de la Constituante, élue dans le sang fin juillet.

«C’est une dictature!», dénonce-t-elle face aux journalistes.

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/08/29/le-parcours-de-luisa-ortega-procureure-generale-au-venezuela-contrainte-a-l-exil_1592603

http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/monde/story/La-Constituante-accuse-des-opposants-de-trahison-23838199

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/30/au-venezuela-un-rapport-de-l-onu-accable-le-regime-de-maduro_5178603_3222.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1504102681

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/31/escalade-de-la-repression-au-venezuela_5178810_3222.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1504161485

http://www.entornointeligente.com/articulo/22666/Fiscal-Luisa-Ortega-se-reuni (ESPANOL)

http://elperiodicodemexico.com/nota.php?id=865557 (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-reunio-con-presidente-corte-interamericana_201086 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/internacionales/438430-farc-santos-deberia-promover-dialogo-venezuela/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.finanzas.com/noticias-001/todos/20170830/venezuela-comienza-perseguir-decreto-3679277.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/venezuelas-ousted-prosecutor-says-the-government-is-trying-to-kill-her-36079996.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22007&LangID=E (ENGLISH)

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-08/luisa-ortega-diaz-kolumbien-nicolas-maduro-vorwurf (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Exiled Attorney General Says Venezuelan Regime Sent Paid Assassins After Her

August 25, 2017

Venezuelan Regime

The Attorney General of Venezuela Luisa Ortega Diaz claimed this week that Nicolás Maduro’s regime sent “assassins” to kill her once she began to speak out about the country’s broken democracy and human rights violations.

Ortega, who recently escaped from the country and is seeking asylum in the United States, gave an interview to the German magazine Der Spiegel in which she confessed to feeling unsafe even while abroad, as the regime could be hiring someone to kill her outside the country as well.

It was the first interview that Ortega gave since leaving Venezuela, and in it she documents how Maduro and his closest allies were using public funds for personal financial benefit.

Ortega detailed how the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has caused scandal in a handful of countries around Latin America for bribing politicians in exchange for project contracts, paid Diosdado Cabello US $100 million through a Spanish third party.

“We are facing a group of people who are not statesmen, but criminals,” Ortega said.

She went on to explain that she decided to leave Venezuela after receiving multiple threats. Government officials issued a warrant for the arrest of her husband, Deputy Germán Ferrer, claiming that he ran a million-dollar extortion ring.

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/08/25/exiled-attorney-general-says-venezuelan-regime-sent-paid-assassins-after-her/

http://qctimes.com/business/the-latest-maduro-wants-opponents-investigated-for-treason/article_b84e1b54-ca57-50e4-8fb5-d3dd8230d0fa.html

https://www.voanews.com/a/medical-transfer-sought-for-detained-venezuelan-judge/4000707.html

http://verfassungsblog.de/venezuela-lessons-of-a-crisis-written-on-the-wall/

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/luisa-ortega-diaz-denuncia-que-han-enviado-sicarios-buscarla_200512 (ESPANOL)

http://www.paginasiete.bo/planeta/2017/8/26/ortega-denuncia-maduro-envio-sicarios-busca-149712.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-compara-gobierno-maduro-con-dictadura-argentina-los_200686 (ESPANOL)

http://www.diariodecuba.com/internacional/1503827391_33559.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elobservador.com.uy/las-dos-caras-la-exfiscal-luisa-ortega-n1110613 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elsoldemargarita.com.ve/posts/post/id:194922/Luisa-Ortega_-Democracias-necesitan-medios-de-comunicaci%C3%B3n-libres (ESPANOL)

https://noticias.caracoltv.com/colombia/tres-magistrados-del-tribunal-supremo-de-venezolana-llegaron-colombia-por-presunta-persecucion (ESPANOL)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20170827-venezuela-maduro-chavisme-violences-crise-politique-sociale-economique-ortega (FRANCAIS)

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/venezuela-generalstaatsanwaeltin-luisa-ortega-diaz-ueber-ihre-flucht-a-1164585.html (DEUTSCH)