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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Venezuela on Trial for Political Discrimination


In 2004, the Venezuelan National Council of Borders, a government agency, fired three women employees. The dismissal letters gave no reason, but a high-level official told the women they were being punished for signing a petition supporting the recall of then President Hugo Chávez. Nearly 13 years later, the women’s case tests principles that are now, more than ever, challenged in Venezuela. The customs and tax agency fired dozens of workers last year in apparent retaliation for their support of a referendum to recall President Nicolás Maduro. Media reports say hundreds of other referendum supporters nationwide were fired under similar circumstances, and a government program that distributes food and basic goods at government-capped prices allegedly discriminated against critics. More…

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