Progress in Venezuela

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Oct. 30 editorial "Venezuela's Conscience" said that my office unfairly portrays Venezuelan human rights activists as "coup plotters."

Yet some of the groups invited to testify at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have been involved with the opposition parties and organizations that attempted to stage a coup against Venezuela's democratically elected president. At least one is under investigation for his role in the coup, and another was tapped for a position in the coup regime. Surely this information is relevant to a discussion of human rights in Venezuela.

It is a shame that the polarization of Venezuelan politics has obscured the larger story of human rights progress in that country.

Millions of Venezuelans have access to education and health care for the first time. Infant mortality rates have dropped dramatically, and literacy rates are the highest in Venezuelan history. Education, health care and social inclusion constitute basic human rights, too.

ERIC WINGERTER

Public Education Director

Venezuela Information Office

Washington

The Venezuela Information Office

is funded by the government of Venezuela.


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