Venezuela and the Rule of Law

This article released on the Oxford Human Rights Hub gives a well-researched account of the disastrous state of the Venezuelan economy.
What's even more important it sheds light on the root of this issue.
Venezuelans find it increasingly difficult to get access to even basic goods,
and - through a virtual non-existence of the law - are being robbed of basic human rights.
Any opposition - be it judges who do not comply with the aims of the state, be it supermarket-owners or students - has to live in fear of prison or worse.
According to this and another article published earlier, 99 % of human rights complaints do not even make it to the trial phase.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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I see the situation in places

I see the situation in places like Venezuela and think about the role that the oil industry plays in such inequality and rights violations.  The article starts by talking about how the drop in the price of oil has hit the economy hard - but I don’t think the people who run these companies are the ones suffering.  Oil has such a stranglehold on the economy here - and it is extractive in the way it uses labor, leaving the people in the dirt when prices drop.  The governments are set up to favor these companies, rather than to serve the people.  Many human rights violations in latin america are committed in the name of fossil fuel extraction, and very very few are persecuted.  Surely, we should hold the government of Venezuela and other states accountable - but we also must understand the role that these big companies play in their politics.