Noam Chomsky: Judge María Lourdes Afiuni Has Suffered Enough


With this public letter I want to express my open support of the liberty of judge María Lourdes Afiuni, detained in Venezuela since December 2009. In November of last year I was informed of her situation by the Latin American initiative of the Carr Center for human rights policy at Harvard University. Ever since, I have been directly involved in mediation efforts with the Venezuelan government, with the purpose of releasing her from prison through a gesture of clemency by President Chávez.

Judge Afiuni had my sympathy and solidarity from the very beginning. The way she was detained, the inadequate conditions of her imprisonment, the degrading treatment she suffered in the Instituto Nacional de Orientación Femenina, the dramatic erosion of her health and the cruelty displayed against her, all duly documented, left me greatly worried about her physical and psychological wellbeing, as well as about her personal safety.

Those reasons motivated me in December 2010 to address, jointly with the Carr Center, a petition for an official pardon from the president in the context of the yearly presidential amnesties.

In January I received with relief the news that Venezuela's attorney general had suggested house arrest for judge Afiuni given her fragile health condition, which ended up with emergency surgery. Being in her house with her family and with adequate medical attention has been without doubt a significant improvement of her situation.

However, judge Afiuni has suffered enough. She has been subject to acts of violence and humiliations to undermine her human dignity. I am convinced that she must be set free, not only due to her physical and psychological health conditions, but in conformance with the human dignity the Bolivarian revolution presents as a goal. In times of worldwide cries for freedom, the detention of María Lourdes Afiuni stands out as a glaring exception that should be remedied quickly, for the sake of justice and human rights generally and for affirming an honourable role for Venezuela in these struggles.

For the above reasons I want Venezuelans to be aware of my total solidarity with judge Afiuni, while I affirm my unwavering commitment with the efforts advanced by the Carr Center in Harvard University to release her from imprisonment. At the same time, I shall keep high hopes that President Chávez will consider a humanitarian act that will end the judge's detention.

1 comentario:

Anónimo dijo...

Nunca me dejará de sorprender lo cara duras que son estos intelectuales de extrema izquierda, siendo Chomsky en gran parte responsable de la buena imagen internacional de ''salvador de la vitalidad de la ultraizquierda'', ''paladín del anti-imperialismo'', ''lider internacional antisistema'', etc, etc, que Chomsky a Chavez le dio patente de corso para radicalizar su ''revolución'' por sobre el pueblo de Venezuela con la vista ciega de la izquierda internacional, lo mínimo que Chomsky debería hacer es PRIMERO PEDIR PERDÓN a todos los venezolanos que fuimos afectados por su irresponsabilidad intelectual, por el descarado apoyo y solidaridad que le dio a Chávez.

Que ahora no venga con el cuento de que casos como el de Afiuni no se veían llegar. Desde puente Llaguno, Plaza Altamira, lista Tascón, Despidos Masivos en PDVSA y demás organismos estatales de los 3 poderes ''independientes'' y otros eventos de bastante vieja data esto era de anteojos. Vergüenza para la ciencia es Chomsky, desperdiciar toda una vida que pudo haber dedicado a pulir y mejorar su teoría lingüística, malgastando esfuerzos en ganar dinero vendiendo libros y cobrando muy bien por conferencias para para llenar las cabezas de la ultra-izquierda con más y más razones para ser completamente irracionales y justificar atrocidades para luego salir con la cara lavada de ''yo no fui''