No surprise: Venezuela rejects freedom of expression recommendations

The Venezuelan government rejected all suggestions improve aspects of freedom of expression included in the final report of the United Nations Human Rights Council this week.

A coalition of  17 Latin and Caribbean freedom of expression organizations called on Venezuela to change its general disregard for free expression standards.

The 13 of the rejected recommendations for freedom of expression covered the gamut from allowing an official visit to Venezuela by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, to removing “insults” from the criminal code. There was also a call for freedom of information legislation — something Venezuela does not have.

Venezuela claimed it did not need to accept any of the recommendations because it was working on a more important issue: putting in place policies against inequality.

I guess the only way to achieve equality is to suppress freedom of speech and press.

See the IFEX report here.

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