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Is the Legislative Branch Controlled by the Executive?

Is the Judicial branch controlled by the Executive?

Is the National Electoral Council controlled by the Executive?

Is the new Citizens' Power (the Public Prosecutor, the Office of the Comptroller and the Peoples' Advocate) controlled by the Executive?

Are the Supreme Court Justices biased in the discharge of their Duties?

Is the Independence of the Judicial Career respected?

Do Venezuelan Courts respect Constitutional Law principles?

Is the Supreme Court at the service of the Administration?

Is the National Electoral Council (CNE) an Impartial Body?

Does the CNE Address The Interests of Civil Society or those of the Government?

Does the National Electoral Council Act In Conformity to the law?

Is voting by way of electronic machines reliable?

Does the Permanent Electoral Register (REP) contain true and precise information?

Are the media really independent?

Does the Penal Code limit freedom of expression?

Are journalists persecuted, threatened or harassed because of the way they cover the news?

Have the human rights of the April 2002 victims been respected and have those responsible been indicted?

Does discrimination on political grounds exist in Venezuela?

Is freedom of thought in education respected?

Is venezuelan citizen's private life respected?

Are human rights violated in Venezuela ?

Are those active in the defense of democracy in Venezuela persecuted and imprisoned?

Are there political prisoners in Venezuela ? Are people persecuted for political reasons?

Is the Executive ruling under a military style?

Is the political parties system declining in Venezuela?

Are traditional trade-union organizations being respected?

Is the civil society allowed to exercise the functions conferred by the Constitution?

Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms

Is venezuelan citizen's private life respected?

1. Fears about the excessive control the State seeks to exercise over the citizenry are reinforced by three very significant developments:

  • The approval by the National Assembly, on December 7, 2004, of the new Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television This law is widely perceived to represent an increase in the State's control on radio and television programs in as much as it establishes a whole new series of mandatory provisions which are in violation of media standards and represent a clear intent to intimidate and compromise freedom of the press;
  • The approval of the Law on the Reform of the Penal Code, which entered into force on March 16, 2005, widely understood to represent, as it effectively does, an intent to silence political opposition by defining dissent as a crime and by increasing the punishment for the so-called 'contempt crimes';
  • The reversal of final sentences adopted by courts of law, including by the Supreme Court, in what constitutes an indication that any individual might be tried again even after having been declared innocent.

2. For a number of years, transcripts of conversations among opposition personalities have been made public both in State-owned television stations as in government-sponsored press and on the Internet. Such conversations are illegally taped, without the knowledge or consent of the interested parties and are used to slander, intimidate or accuse individuals for any content or intent of their conversations.

3. Thus, the Writ of Administration published on April 1, 2005 in the Official Gazette N 38157 is viewed with distrust and as a threat to privacy. The Writ establishes the obligation to ask for private information from subscribers to mobile telephone services at the time of contracting such services, as well as the obligation by those same providers to convey information on the use of such services to the state security organizations.