Friday, September 19, 2008

Venezuela expels rights activist over remarks

Venezuela's foreign minister says the government has expelled a prominent human rights activist, saying he made unacceptable remarks against the country's institutions.
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro says Human Rights Watch's Americas director Jose Miguel Vivanco was expelled Thursday night. Earlier in the day, Vivanco presented a critical report saying Venezuela's record on human rights has worsened under President Hugo Chavez. Maduro says 'we aren't going to tolerate any foreigner coming here to sully the dignity' of Venezuela's institutions. The foreign minister says Vivanco was forced to leave the country immediately on a flight. He says Vivanco 'has violated the constitution' and Venezuela's laws.

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