Miguel Vargas: “Everyone knows that we live in a full democracy”

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. – The Foreign Minister (Mirex), Miguel Vargas Maldonado, responded this Wednesday to the report issued by the United States Department of States that the Dominican government did not respect impartiality and judicial independence.

Vargas said that the world knows that the country lives in “a full democracy, of values, of justice and of respect for human rights.”

In its report, the State Department accused the government of exercising in general an inadequate influence on judicial decisions.

In addition to that, “the Judiciary routinely dismissed high-level corruption cases, the most frequent form of interference with court orders occurred when the authorities refused to comply with habeas corpus remedies to release the detainees.”

The foreign minister’s statements were made during the swearing in of new members in the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), where political, social, religious and community leaders gathered.

Among the jurors are the architect Marianela Lora, who has resigned from the PRM candidate for deputy for the Duarte province, and Dr. Fernando Germosén, pre-candidate for mayor of that same organization in the municipality of Maimón.

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