Venezuela: Sin un poder judicial independiente, no hay democracia

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International, la organización mundial contra la corrupción, y su capítulo nacional en Venezuela, Transparencia Venezuela, repudian la destitución de la Fiscal General del país por la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, en razón de que dicha Asamblea no es un representante legítimo del pueblo.

La composición de la Asamblea, que se eligió el 30 de julio en medio de señalamientos generalizados de fraude electoral, incluye solamente a personas leales al presidente Nicolás Maduro. Esto concentra aún más el poder en manos del partido gobernante. La decisión sumaria de la Asamblea de destituir a la Fiscal General vulnera el principio de independencia judicial, un elemento central de toda democracia y una condición indispensable para combatir la corrupción.

“Sin un poder judicial autónomo que haga de contrapeso al gobierno, no hay democracia posible. La falta de un Ministerio Público independiente en Venezuela redundará incluso en una mayor impunidad de los hechos de enriquecimiento ilícito, en un país donde la corrupción ya está gravemente extendida”, manifestó José Ugaz, presidente de Transparency International. “Hay personas que mueren de hambre y por falta de medicamentos, mientras que aquellos con contactos políticos abusan del poder para beneficio personal”.

Las investigaciones judiciales de violaciones de derechos humanos y casos de corrupción en los cuales están implicados funcionarios públicos, incluidas las acusaciones relativas a la trama Odebrecht, deben seguir adelante.

El hostigamiento y la intimidación de las voces disidentes en Venezuela tiene que terminar. Esto incluye la intimidación de personas comunes, políticos opositores y la ex Fiscal General. Es tiempo de que las autoridades venezolanas escuchen a sus ciudadanos y les permitan ejercer sus derechos democráticos.


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