Caracas, September 19, 2012
José Miguel Insulza
Secretary General of the Organization of American States
We, the representatives of the undersigned Non-governmental Human Rights Organizations, address you at this time to respectfully request, that you please inform the representatives of the member States of the Organization of American States (OAS), of our deep concern regarding the growing climate of unrest caused by the statements made by the President of the Republic, who in repeated instances has stated that only he can guarantee peace and that civil war could break out in Venezuela if he does not win the elections next October 7th.
We are aware that the Organization of American States was not invited as an observer, since the Venezuelan government refuses to accept impartial international observation. In the words of Socorro Hernández, rector of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, such electoral institution is sufficiently “mature” to not require the presence of international observation missions. One of the international organizations invited by the Electoral Organism, the Carter Center, declined the invitation, arguing in a communique that: “The purpose of accompaniment is inviting foreign individuals to observe the activities related to election day through a political presence that is principally symbolic, whereas the purpose of the observation is inviting international organizations to assess the overall electoral process”.
We consider it to be of utmost importance that the OSA remain vigilant of all matters related to the next Venezuelan presidential election, since it is a regional organism competent in the areas of safety, democracy and human rights, and its purpose includes ensuring the peace and security of the continent and promoting and consolidating representative democracy.
We request that the representatives of the OSA member countries be informed of our request, so that they may express their concern to the Venezuelan government regarding the discriminatory discourse and violence that the President of the Republic maintains against Venezuelan opposition and against their candidate, Henrique Capriles and in order to display their vigilance so that the presidential election are held transparently and strictly adhere to electoral standards and to the Venezuelan Constitution.
We also request, by virtue of the above, that you make a formal request to the Venezuelan government to allow a delegation from the organization which you represent, to come to the country and witness the presidential election.
-Bar Association of Caracas: Yvett Lugo. Chairman
-Bar Association of the State of Cojedes: Roberto Andery.
-Bar Association of the State of New Sparta: Pedro Arévalo.
-Venezuelan Federation of Lawyers: Norma Delgado
-Bar Association of the State of Anzoátegui: Luis Calderón
-Bar Association of the State of Barinas: Rombet Campero
-Bar Association of the State of Delta Amacuro: Omer Figueredo
-Bar Association of the State of Sucre: Orlando Velazquez
-Bar Association of the State of Monagas: Jesús Ramos.
-Nueva Conciencia Nacional (New National Conscience): Tamara Suju Roa
-Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum): Gonzalo Himiob
-Fundepro: Jackeline Sandoval
-Observatorio Venezolano de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres (Venezuelan Women’s Rights Observatory): Isolda Salvatierra y Maria Cristina Parra
-Sin Mordaza (Without a Gag): Rodrigo Diamanti
-Por la Conciencia (By the Conscience): Luisa Elena Vidaurre
-Diverlex: Tamara Adrián
-Mujer y Ciudadanía (Women and Citizenship): Aixa Armas
-Idell: Haydee Deutsch
-Espacio Civil (Civil Space): Alejandro Armas
-Operación Libertad (Operation Liberty): Lorent Saleh
- Movimiento Juvenil Javú (Javú Youth Movement): Julio Rivas
-Mujeres de Negro (Women in Black): Sonia Camacho
-Comité Paz y Vida (Peace and Life Committee): Oscar Pineda
-Gente del Petróleo (Oil People): Eddy Ramírez