IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Autor)
Information on a student group with the
above name or variations of it, could not be found among the
sources currently available to the DIRB.
According to a researcher at a Venezuelan
human rights organization, a number of old and new student
organizations throughout Venezuela may be affiliated or related in
some way to former MBR-200 rebels (14 Nov. 1994). As described in
Response to Information Request VEN18185.E of 18 August 1994, the
former rebel movement is operating much like an incipient political
party and developing a support base throughout Venezuela (ibid.).
Given the number, diversity and nature of student groups across the
country, one is unlikely to find information on a particular group
without details on its location, precise name and political
Although possibly unrelated to the subject
of your information request, the information that follows is
included to complement previous responses on student groups and the
MBR-200. According to a 1992 newspaper article, leaders of the
Central University of Venezuela's Federation of University Centres
were linked to the guerrilla Red Flag group, which supported the
1992 MBR-200 coup attempt (Miami Herald 5 Dec. 1992).
Federation leader Rene Cedillo said his organization wanted the
rebel troops to win, and another leader, Juan Carlos Silva, said
his group shared a common doctrine with the military dissidents,
who maintained that the country was being turned over to foreign
interests (ibid.). The student leaders also opposed corruption and
favoured a better distribution of profits from oil resources
This response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does
not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular
claim to refugee status or asylum.
Programa Venezolano de
Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (PROVEA),
Caracas. 15 November 1994. Telephone interview with researcher.
Miami Herald. 5 December 1992.
Andres Oppenheimer. "Students Linked to Leaders of Failed Coups."
Material from the Indexed Media
Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports
from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the
Weekly Media Review.
Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to
the appropriate region.
On-line searches of news articles.
Political Handbook of the World.
Communist and Marxist Parties of the
Keesing's Record of World Events.
Political Parties of the World.
Revolutionary and Dissident
Movements: An International Guide. 1991.
South America, Central America and
the Caribbean 1993. 1993.
Yearbook on International Communist
News from Americas Watch [New
Andean Newsletter [Lima].
Latin America Update
Latin America Press [Lima].
Latin American Newsletters
Latin American Regional Reports:
Andean Group Report [London]. Monthly.
Latin American Weekly Report
Note:This list is not exhaustive. Country-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.