CARACAS, Tuesday January 15, 2013 | Update

Case of Venezuelan political prisoners to be introduced to universities

"We deem potential responsiveness from the Executive Office and justice administrators as a token of openness and political and democratic will"

Opposition Congressman Edgard Zambrano met one week ago with senor authorities of the Venezuelan Catholic Church (Handout photo)
Tuesday January 15, 2013  03:48 PM
The head of the group of opposition Acción Democrática party at the National Assembly, Edgard Zambrano, thinks that now more than ever, under the current circumstances of the disease suffered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a nationwide dialogue is needed to overcome the plight of political prisoners and exiles.

According to the congressman, relatives repose hope in the proactive decision that the Venezuelan government should make soon.

Shortly after his reelection last October 7, President Hugo Chávez made an invitation for dialogue. Deputy Zambrano took Chávez at his word. He requested a formal meeting with the Head of State to tackle the issue of political prisoners and exiles. On the government side, the task was entrusted to Vice-President and Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro and Solicitor General Cilia Flores.

The parliamentarian's agenda included meetings with the family members of political prisoners and interviews with Venezuelan exiles in Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Colombia and the United States. He also met with the president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), Luisa Estella Morales, and the president of the TSJ Criminal Court, Deyanira Nieves.

Later on, Zambrano met with representatives of the Venezuelan Catholic Church. This week, he has plans to appear at academies and universities, including meetings with student councils. "We deem potential responsiveness from the Executive Office and justice administrators as a token of openness and political and democratic will," he wrapped up.
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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