The NLG, American Association of Jurists, and International Association of Democratic Lawyers have sent a letter to Foreign Policy in response to Venezuela's right-wing leader Leopoldo López's request that the magazine retract or publish a rebuttal to Roberto Lovato's recent piece, “The Making of Leopoldo López”. Read the full letter to Foreign Policy below.
The authors, members of the US National Lawyers Guild, compare and contrast procedures in this year's presidential elections in Honduras and Venezuela, as well as the quick embrace by the United States of results of the more problematic of the two.
A year after the death of Hugo Chávez is a propitious time to examine his legacy. Such an examination is even more important in light of the current wave of demonstrations in Venezuela, which have given new life to the transparent attempts of the opposition and the United States to depose the Bolivarian government. These demonstrations appear to be organized by an especially violent and reactionary sector of the opposition, seeking overthrow rather than democratic change.
A delegation of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) election monitors visited polling sites in five Venezuelan states on April 14 and found that the Venezuelan presidential election process was fair, transparent, participatory, and well-organized.
Included in Volume 38, Number 1:
March 6, 2013
Dear Acting President Maduro and the people of Venezuela,
The National Lawyers Guild expresses our deep condolences for the loss of President Chavez. We were heartened to witness his impressive election victory five months ago.