FAES, Maduro’s ‘Extermination Group’

first_imgBy Dialogo December 05, 2019 They patrol on motorcycles. Wearing masks, with a skull embroidered on their uniforms and with bullet-proof vests and assault rifles, the members of the Bolivarian National Police’s Special Actions Force (FAES, in Spanish) are frequently seen in Venezuela’s poor neighborhoods. Their presence is ominous.FAES has been accused of carrying out thousands of extrajudicial executions since their activation in July 2017. The vast majority of its victims, according to several local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), are young people who do not support the Nicolás Maduro regime.“The FAES’ average victim is a dark-skinned male between 19 and 31 years old who lives in a low-income, popular area […] and leaves behind orphans,” Edwin Gil, a lawyer for the human rights NGO Proiuris, told Diálogo.Standing next to a white board with dozens of names of FAES victims, Gil shares his routine in Caracas. He spends very little time in court, he says, but a lot of time at the morgue. He goes there three times a week, and that is how he has managed to take the initial steps to provide legal support for 28 cases of extrajudicial executions involving FAES.While the organization records executions at the national level (it registered 130 just in October 2019), up to now their legal activities are centered in Caracas and “only on FAES,” says Gil. According to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, security forces execute some 20 people a day in the country — the majority at the hands of FAES.At the morgue, Gil seeks to make contact with the families of the deceased and provide legal support to the bereaved who accept his offer. The majority, however, prefer to “let things be,” says the lawyer.“Each day that we go to the morgue we see two possible cases, maybe three,” says Gil. “The rest [of the family members] don’t want to make a report out of fear”.The situation with FAES is so problematic that on July 4, 2019, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for its dissolution. One day later, Maduro included agents of the force in the military parade to celebrate independence day. On July 17, he reiterated his support in a public act, declaring, “Long live FAES!”Very little is known about the police corps, how they’re recruited or trained, or how many members it has. Its agents are anonymous and move about with their faces covered. In August 2019, the United States sanctioned its commander, Bolivarian National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, for human rights violations.What is certain, according to activists, is that FAES shoots to kill.“FAES is an extermination group created by the dictatorial regime to kill or make anyone who gets in their way disappear,” Carlos Nieto, a lawyer who heads Venezuelan NGO Una Ventana Hacia la Libertad (A Window to Freedom, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “Not just people tied to politics, it also includes delinquents and anyone who makes their job hard. It was created to kill people, to murder citizens.”Bullets to the chest, shots through the heart or in the head are characteristic of the way FAES operates, says Proiuris. The majority of death certificates reviewed by the organization indicate hypovolemic shock — a massive loss of blood — as the cause of death.“The official version is always that it’s a confrontation,” says Gil. “But it’s strange; the victims almost always die of hypovolemic shock. This corresponds more to an execution.”Proiuris’ investigation revealed that when the victims don’t die immediately, FAES agents abstain from providing first aid and take them to a hospital far from where the shooting took place. “The goal of police agents is not to leave any survivors,” says the organization on its website.Planting fire arms, drugs, and even stealing from family members are other tactics used by FAES, said Luis Ezequiel, Criminology professor at the University of Central Venezuela, during a mid-October forum organized by Proiuris.There are few known cases of FAES members brought to justice. At the end of October, six FAES agents were charged and will be prosecuted — thanks to Proiuris’ legal support — for the March 2019 homicide of two officers of the Municipal Police of Chacao, a subdivision of Caracas. The organization points out that four others are detained for the murder of a 24-year-old nursing student in a poor neighborhood of Caracas in July 2017.“They were captured in December 2018 and haven’t even been tried,” says Gil, adding that they could be set free at any time.According to Venezuelan NGO Cofavic (Committee of Family Members of Victims of Violence, in Spanish), 98 percent of cases are exempt from charges.last_img read more

Cricket News Sanjay Bangar Misbehaves With Selector? BCCI To Question Sacked Batting Coach If Manager, Ravi Shastri Report

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sanjay Bangar, who was recently sacked as India’s batting coach, will be questioned by the BCCI for allegedly misbehaving with national selector Devang Gandhi if outgoing administrative manager Sunil Subramanian or head coach Ravi Shastri file an official report on the matter.It has been reported that Bangar, who has now been replaced by Vikram Rathour, confronted the selector on the just-concluded West Indies tour, Gandhi, in his hotel room and exchange wasn’t exactly friendly.”In such a scenario, one needs to go strictly by the rule book. First and foremost, the man who Bangar is alleged to have insulted, the national selector Gandhi, he needs to officially report the matter,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.It was the national selection committee that was in-charge of the support staff appointments. Bangar was the only one in the existing set-up to be axed with Bharath Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) retaining their respective jobs.While the BCCI officials acknowledged Bangar’s confrontation with Gandhi but they are not sure whether the matter should be escalated now that he is no longer contracted by the BCCI.”Outgoing administrative manager Subramanian, in his mandatory report, needs to mention the matter clearly. Last but not the least, head coach Shastri, Bangar’s reporting head, also needs to file it in writing that such an incident happened,” the official said.”If all these boxes are not ticked, then there is no question of placing it before the CoA (Committee of Administrators),” he added.While all the officials, who PTI spoke with, agreed that Bangar had reasons to be disappointed after getting the boot, they felt it was out of line by Bangar to confront the selector.”Anyone is bound to be disappointed after being sacked. But why did he think that he was guaranteed an extension? Shastri, Arun and Sridhar’s performances were good and they were retained. Bangar’s performance was rated poor, he was removed.””Bangar had no business asking questions to Gandhi even if we factor in that he might not have barged in or shouted at Gandhi,” an official said.There is also talk in the BCCI about possible action on anyone — whether a former support staff or over the hill domestic players — taking to social media to vent frustration.”Yesterday, Saurashtra’s Sheldon Jackson raised questions on social media about his non-selection in Duleep Trophy. Sheldon, we can still understand, scored 850-plus runs but Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary? He was 39th in top run-getters list in Ranji Trophy and yet he criticised Gandhi for his Duleep omission.””The selectors have not answered back as they are bound by contract unlike domestic players. It’s time CoA formulates a policy, where there is some discipline among these players,” the official said.  last_img read more

Human Resource Critical to Organization’s Effectiveness

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has observed that organizational effectiveness depends on having the right people in the right jobs at the right time to meet the rapidly changing organizational requirements. According to Governor Jones, managing people is a dynamic, endlessly changing complex “and sometimes frustrating business.”The CBL boss’ observation was contained in a statement read on his behalf yesterday by CBL’s Director of Administration, Madam D. Sheba Brown, at the opening of a week-long regional course on managing human resources for organizational effectiveness organized by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM). Thirty six participants representing financial institutions and governments of Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia attended the opening ceremony with more than six additional participants expected to arrive in the country.In his speech, Dr. Jones noted that the dynamic and often nebulous nature of the employment relationship increases the difficulty of managing it.He also noted that the problem is compounded because of the multiplicity of factors that influence the contract; the culture of the organization; the prevailing management style; the values adopted and practiced by top management; the existence or non-existence of the climate of trust; day-to-day interaction between employees and line managers; and the personnel policies and practices of the organization.Governor Jones pointed out that the most critical component of the vast array of organizations’ resources are their human resource as it galvanizes the other resources needed to produce goods, provide services and to give the organization its character and identity.“It is also acknowledged as a vital instrument for organizational growth and survival and an invaluable asset to invest in so as to add to its inherent value,” Jones.Earlier, WAIFEM’s Director General, Professor Akpan H. Ekpo, gave hints that the objective of the course is to examine the role efficient human resource management can play in organizational effectiveness and economic development.According to the WAIFEM Director General, the course would specifically prepare participants to appreciate the need for change management, organizational culture as well as gender issues at work place.“Also, the course would reel out strategic and policy issues in human resource management and their linkages to national and regional economic development,” he stated.The broad themes to be covered in the seminar include: evolution and overview of human resource management; strategic and policy issues in human resource management—what it is, and difference from regular human resource practice; development and appreciation of human resource value to firms in the 21st century; diversity and inclusion in a work place, amongst many others.Professor Ekpo, meanwhile, thanked the CBL Management for supporting the training and for the hospitality the Bank is providing to WAIFEM officials including the facilitators and the participants. The training exercise runs from March 17-25.       Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more