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01-21-2021

Is the CELAC is a regional organization created to endorse authoritarianism?

When being constituted in 2011, CELAC adopted in Caracas a not very credible democratic clause arguing in favor of integration in diversity, thus relativizing political systems. In other words, a democracy like that happening in Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay is worth the same as the autocracy occurring in Venezuela and a one-party dictatorship as in Cuba. Due to its regional scope, the hypocrisy of several participating countries, organizational shortcomings, and duplication of efforts, CELAC is an intergovernmental body that represents a discredit for democratic governance in the hemisphere whose existence is questionable.
 
 
 

 
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