Monday, December 06, 2010

Provea gets the John Humphrey Award

At a time where democracy is basically gone from Venezuela it is good to notice that people outside are watching.

Provea is perhaps the most noted human rights group inside Venezuela (with COFAVIC I would add).  Its long trajectory has been dedicated to defend human rights inside Venezuela, way before Chavez was elected president (its first report on Venezuela is from 1996, 3 years before Chavez became president).  It goes without saying that if at first chavismo and Provea were not incompatible soon they parted ways and Provea has been one major critic of chavismo Human Rights record.  See, regarding chavismo the problem with Provea is that this one considers Human Rights being for all and not for a given group, preferably supporting Chavez.  Conflict was thus inevitable as it has been the case with probably any single independent Human Rights group inside or outside Venezuela, all the way up to the IAHRC where chavismo is losing on any case that makes it there to the top.

Thus in this time of trouble at home we must be delighted that Provea is getting the major Canadian award, the John Humphrey Prize, awarded by the Rights and Democracy organization created by Canadian Parliament as a non partisan group to monitor Human Rights worldwide.  The name of the award is well chosen since John Humphrey is nothing else but the main writer of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The award includes 25,000 dollars cash prize.  It is a very appropriate coincidence because it will thus be the first test case of the new repressive law about to be voted in the Venezuelan parliament which seeks to control and even forbid any foreign funding to NGO,  which of course does not stop Chavez to fund any wacko group he feels like funding.  But as Provea has been one of the main exponents, chavismo basks in double standards.


  1. I, for one, am not delighted for this award. Marino Alvarado has, in my opinion, far too many skeletons in his closet. His untenable arguments about Arturo Cubillas' innocence, and his track record in using the law to impede that terrorists face justice, are not something worthy of any admiration or praise, whatsoever.

    His stance contravenes PROVEA's motto "all rights for all people" For the terrorists he defends/has defended have rights, but so do their victims, whose chances of getting redress and justice are diminished by Alvarado's actions.

  2. AB

    Then you should write ASAP to Rights and Democracy.

  3. I don't have to write to anyone Daniel, el que tenga ojos que vea...

  4. alek

    cubillas might be all what you want him to be but he is a venezuelan citizen and deserves a fair trial. i do not think that provea goes much beyond that point, and certainly cannot apply a different standard to cubillas than it does to, say, simonovis. unless you have additional observations that you may want to share with us and explain.

  5. Daniel, nowhere I have said that Cubillas does not deserve a fair trial. In fact, all I want is for him to stand trial. Alvarado is preventing that from happening, and if you believe that kangaroo courts operated by chavistas can administer justice properly, then no point in discussing further. Besides, Cubillas could have gotten his Venezuelan nationality from Chavez under fraudulent conditions for all we know.

    I would advice you to refrain from siding with PROVEA on issues you know so little about. As per sharing my observations, I have written extensively on the topic of Cubillas, so you are more than welcome to peruse the search facility in my blog.

  6. Alek

    I am sorry but I am not getting your point. Let's assume that Provea is making a mistake with Cubillas. Is that reason enough to throw all their past work? Is there something else we should know about Provea?

  7. Roger2:29 AM

    How about also not allowing "Domestic" funding of NGO's?


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