Stories written by Estrella Gutiérrez

RIGHTS-VENEZUELA: Big Victory for AIDS Victims

The Supreme Court of Venezuela has handed down a precedent-setting ruling, in a case involving four military personnel and discrimination within the armed forces, that upholds the civil rights of AIDS victims.

UNITED STATES: Women as Political Merchandise

An unfortunate consequence is rearing its ugly head over the wall of skirts surrounding US President Bill Clinton, quite independent of the progress of the scandal itself: the use of women as political merchandise.

ECONOMY: G-24 Nations to Examine Impact of Asian Economic Problems

Ministers of the Group of 24 (G-24), representing the economic developing nations of the South, will meet here next month to analyze the impact of Asia's financial problems and the management of capital flows to emerging markets.

COMMODITIES: Uncertain but Untraumatic Year for Venezuelan Oil

Venezuela, the world's third biggest oil exporter, predicted the crisis in Asia will make 1998 an uncertain year with a tendency for surplus offer, but is not expecting a repeat of the price fiasco of 1986.

RIGHTS: Child Traffic in Venezuala Tip of the Iceberg

New evidence of trafficking in children from Ecuador to Venezuela should serve as an alert to the disturbing phenomenon growing in Latin America, says Venezuelan parliamentarian Vladimir Villegas.

RIGHTS: Child Traffic in Venezuala Tip of the Iceberg

New evidence of trafficking in children from Ecuador to Venezuela should serve as an alert to the disturbing phenomenon growing in Latin America, says Venezuelan parliamentarian Vladimir Villegas.

RIGHTS: Child Traffic in Venezuala Tip of the Iceberg

New evidence of trafficking in children from Ecuador to Venezuela should serve as an alert to the disturbing phenomenon growing in Latin America, says Venezuelan parliamentarian Vladimir Villegas.

RIGHTS-VENEZUELA: Child Trafficking Network Dismantled

Around 15 Ecuadorean children were rescued this week from lives of exploitation and squalor in an on-going operation to dismantle a child trafficking network in Venezuela.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Amnesty Int’l Alarmed over Fate of Human Rights

Amnesty International expressed alarm Tuesday over Jamaica's announced withdrawal from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, planned for Jan. 22, and the resultant consequences for human rights in the Caribbean island nation.

ANDEAN COMMUNITY-OUTLOOK: Not Just Another Year for Andean Integration

This year was something of a watershed in the 28 years-long process of integration in the Andean region. Peru left the Andean Community (CA) to return later and the bloc was given a face-lift and gained a new name to further the dream of becoming a viable common market.

POLITICS-VENEZUELA: The New Face of “Polticial Maternalism”

Irene Saez, the Mayor of one of the richest municipalities in Latin America and a probable Presidential candidate for election next year, is creating a new movement in Venezuela: political maternalism.

LATAM: Uninominal System, a New Wall for Women to Scale

Latin American women see the new uninominal electoral system as a wall between them and power after leading the civil society movement which campaigned so heartily for it.

RIGHTS-VENEZUELA: Gov’t Criticises Human Rights Watch Report

The Venezuelan government accused Human Rights Watch (HRW) of a "lack of rigour," in response to denunciations of police abuse, extrajudicial executions and a "medieval" prison system in its latest report.

ENVIRONMENT: OPEC Takes Refuge in G-77 Unity

The 11 members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have reached the international conference on climate change in Kyoto equipped with the so far steadfast unity of the developing South and the discrepancies among the industrialised North.

DEVELOPMENT: ‘Thailand Effect’ Eclipses Rush for GDP Growth

Fast growth, investment flows that the economy is unable to absorb and a poorly-based upward trend in exports summarises a development model whose serious shortcomings have been highlighted by the crisis in southeast Asia, according to a new Latin American Economic System (SELA) report.

PRISONS: Tragedies Put Venezuela Back in the Headlines

A prison fire which left at least 16 inmates dead and a riot in another penitentiary put Venezuela back in the headlines Tuesday, once again due to the sad state of its penal system.

RIGHTS-WOMEN: Cave-Dwelling Era Not So Far Off in Latin America

The image of a man dragging a woman by her hair, which symbolises the era of the cave-dwellers, is still all too real tens of thousands of years later for half of all women in Latin America, who have been victims of domestic violence.

TRADE-LATIN AMERICA: Awaiting Clinton’s Signals on FTAA

Latin America is waiting for US President Bill Clinton to issue some signal on the future of the negotiations on the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), following his failure to win 'fast-track' authority to negotiate new trade agreements.

IBEROAMERICA: Compromise on ‘Right to Truthful Information’

A controversial reference to the right to free and truthful information will not be removed from the final declaration to be signed Sunday by the leaders of 19 Latin Americans and Portugal and Spain at the seventh Iberian American Summit.

IBEROAMERICA: Peace in Colombia – New Common Int’l Objective

On the occasion of the Seventh Iberian American Summit, Colombia will take a big step towards firmly inserting the pacification of its territory onto the international agenda, said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Burelli.

RIGHTS: Human Rights Agenda at Next Iberia-Americas Summit

More than 100 Latin American humanitarian organizations are pushing for the next Iberia-Americas summit, to be held in Portugal, to dedicate the meeting to discussions on human rights and judicial reform.

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