Maduro congratulates TSJ magistrates;  opposition parties and human rights NGOs reject them

Maduro congratulates TSJ magistrates; opposition parties and human rights NGOs reject them

Primero Justicia, the NGOs Provea, the Center for Justice and Peace (Cepaz) and the Human Kaleidoscope were the first to express their position and distrust; as well as in pointing out and denouncing the irregularities in the “renewal” process of the TSJ


«The «new» TSJ, with 60% of the same magistrates, shows no signs of changes or justice»; «The selection of magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice that is proposed today is a missed opportunity for necessary changes in the Judicial Power to have institutionality and independence»; and “TSJ continues to show a lack of independence and politicization of the judiciary as reported by the UN”, are some of the reactions of human rights parties and NGOs, after knowing the names of those who will be in charge of justice in the country .

The match justice firstthe NGOs Provea, Justice and Peace Center (Cepaz) Y Human Kaleidoscope they were the first to express their position – through Twitter – and suspicion; as well as in pointing out and denouncing the irregularities in the process of “renewal” of the TSJ.

* Read: Interim Government denounces the “illegitimate imposition” of TSJ magistrates

Appointment of the TSJ out of time

On the afternoon of this Tuesday, April 26, outside the periods established by the Constitution, the National Assembly (AN) elected in 2020 appointed the new magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), their alternates, the Court Inspector and the Director of the National School of the Judiciary. 12 of the magistrates already in office repeat and will exceed the constitutional limit of 12 years for the highest judicial positions.

«Now that the list of the new magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice is known, it should be noted that of the 20 of the total, 12 of those of the previous period repeat (60%), being the majority in the Constitutional, Criminal, Political, Administrative and Electoral chambers» , said the NGO Acceso a la Justicia and its director Alí Daniels.

“The TSJ makes provisional appointments of judges, so, as the Fact-Finding Mission highlighted, “selections and dismissals can be made without cause and outside the established process,” Cepaz warned.

The journalist Eugenio Martínez recalled that the current magistrate Tania D’Amelio -former rector of the National Electoral Council-, came to the electoral body “in violation of the law (when he was nominated in 2008 he officially belonged to the PSUV board, although he later resigned, he still violated the law).

While the former deputy from Anzoátegui, Neptali Figueroa he snapped: «It is stupid to be analyzing the names of the magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice appointed by the AN. They are all chips that obey the designs of the regime.

“Distribution of quotas”

For its part, the Primero Justicia party published a statement stating that “we have witnessed a process that has been marked by an internal struggle within the PSUV (governing party), which has turned this “appointment of magistrates” into a distribution of quotas between different fractions of madurismo».

And he assures that with this “the regime has once again squandered an opportunity for all Venezuelans for a serious negotiation and a judiciary according to the needs of Venezuelans.”

Maduro celebrates the “new TSJ”

Hours after the session and announcement to the country of the new TSJ magistrates, President Nicolás Maduro celebrated the measure. Via Twitter he congratulated the jurists.

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