Second part of the series being published by El Universal on the violations of the Constitution by the Chavez Government.
7.-6/30/2000 Chavez’ illegally appointed Supreme Court rules that the nomination for the National Electoral Commission do not have to follow the Constitution as long as they are provisional (This provisional status reamin until today).
8.-06/01/2000 The National Assembly approved the new Telecommunications law, which allows the Government to to suspend TV and radio concessions “when it is convenient to the interests of the nation”. This violates all the articles about freedom of information, speech and human rights established in the 1999 Constitution.
9.-06/30/2000 The Supreme Court excludes from being defined as non-Governemnt organizations with the rights given to such institutions by the Constitution to nominate, represent and participate to all organizations that: i) are composed of clerics, ii) foreigners, iii) have received funding from foreign institutions and iv) are worlwide organizations. This violates the rights given by the Constitution to all people to participate and not be discriminated against.
10.-11/14/2000 The National Assembly approved a law to name Civil Servants and the Supreme Court which violated the procedures established in the Constitution. The Supreme Court (which had an obious conflict of interest) has yet to decide on the Constitutionality of this law.
11.- The President throught his Presidency has abused his power by forcing the media to carry his speeches, sometimes hours long and sometimes many times a week which he has used to attack, disqualify and declare “war targets” personalities and institutions from the media, religious and political groups. He has asked the people not to buy certain newspapers. He cancelled the transmission of TV stations on April 11th. at the same precise time tahat a peaceful march was being massacred by his supporters. In the two days prior to April 11th. he forced the media to carry as many as 20 of his nationwide speeches. These are all obvious violations of the both the current and prior Constitutions.
12.-12/2000 The President actively participated in a union campaign election, refusing to recognize the legality of the results when his candidate lost. The Electoral Commission in violation of international law supervised the process and refused to acknowledge the victor. This violates the Constitution as well as international treaties. To date, the Chavez Government has yet to accept the winner of that election.