Prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol violates fair trial standards concludes new IBAHRI report
News release: 18 November 2013 - The prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol was arbitrary and lacking basic due process safeguards concludes the trial observation report published today by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) – the only international organisation to have maintained an observation at the hearings conducted between July 2012 and December 2012.
Venezuela trial observation, Jose Amalio Graterol, 2012 - 2013
In June 2012, José Amalio Graterol - lawyer of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni – was arrested when he refused to continue with the trial in the absence of his client, as trials in absentia were not permitted under Venezuelan criminal law. The IBAHRI is the only international organisation to have maintained a presence at his trial.
Failure of Venezuelan appeal court to overturn conviction of lawyer José Amalio Graterol strongly condemned by IBAHRI
News release: 22 July 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the Vargas State Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the guilty verdict and six-month prison sentence meted out to the lawyer Mr José Amalio Graterol. He was convicted, in December 2012, of ‘obstruction of justice’, because he refused to represent his client in absentia in accordance with the law as it stood at the time.
Venezuela trial observation, Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, 2012 - on-going
The IBAHRI is observing the trial of Venezuela Jugde Maria Lourdes Afiuni, and the trial of her lawyer Jose Graterol. Judge Afiuni's case has become emblematic of the persecution of judges in Venezuela.
Detention of Judge Afiuni’s lawyer, José Amalio Graterol, condemned by IBAHRI
News release: 8 June 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the arrest of Mr José Amalio Graterol, counsel to María Lourdes Afiuni, the Venezuelan judge suspended from the bench, incarcerated for 14 months, and under house arrest since February 2011 after releasing on bail a man who had been held in pre-trial detention for two-years without a court hearing – which is a contravention of the Venezuelan Penal Code and international law.
Harassment of Judge Afiuni’s lawyers, José Amalio Graterol and Thelma Fernandez alarming to IBAHRI
News release: 24 April 2012 - It has been reported that Thelma Fernandez and José Amalio Graterol, the two lawyers acting for Judge Afiuni, have, during the course of carrying out their professional duties, received threats via telephone calls and text messaging.
IBAHRI campaign: Show your support for incarcerated Venezuelan Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, 2012
In 2012 the IBAHRI has launched a campaign to galvanise support for incarcerated judge, Maria Lourdes Afiuni. Her case has become emblematic of the lack of independece of the judiciary in Venezuela.
Venezuela: open letter to President Hugo Chavez, 2012
On 13 February 2012 the IBAHRI wrote an open letter to President Chavez to express concern at the continued arbitrary detention of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni and the multiple violations of due process and judicial guarantees in the case.
Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe: a discussion on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, 2011
In October 2011 the IBAHRI hosted a side event at the Human Rights’ Council Universal Periodic Review. The event focused on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Venezuela, Syria and Zimbabwe, three countries that were reviewed during the current Twelfth Session of the Human Rights Council’s UPR (3-14 October 2011) and where the IBAHRI has conducted missions in 2011.
Panel Discussion: Venezuela: Distrust in Justice, 2011
On 25 April 2011 the IBAHRI hosted a high-level panel discussion to launch the report of its fact-finding mission to Venezuela: Distrust in Justice: the Afiuni case and the independence of the judiciary in Venezuela at the Brazilian Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil - OAB) in Brasília
Venezuela fact-finding mission, 2011
The IBAHRI delegation visited Caracas, in February 2011 and met with a wide range of stakeholders and was able to hold a meeting with Judge Afiuni, currently under house arrest.
Venezuela fact-finding mission 2007
Following heightened concern over the deterioration of the rule of law in Venezuela, the IBAHRI sent a fact-finding delegation to Venezuela in March 2007.
Venezuela fact-finding mission, 2003
In 2003 the IBAHRI undertook a fact-finding mission to Venezuela, issuing a report entitled: Venezuelan Justice System in Crisis.
Peru and Venezuela fact-finding mission, 1999
In March 1999, a delegation was sent to Peru and Venezuela to monitor and consider the perceived lack of independence felt by the judiciary.