And Chavez sez: “Keep a-knockin’ but you can’t come in”

Miami Herald headline: “Rights panel knocks at Chávez’s door.” I think they’re going to get the same warm reception telemarketers get when they call me:

The human rights arm of the Organization of American States Friday protested Venezuela’s refusal to let in one of its investigative missions for nearly five years, further straining relations between President Hugo Chávez and the hemispheric body.

A statement by the 34-member Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said its inability to travel to Venezuela is making it harder to verify allegations that the leftist Chávez is systematically undermining democratic rights and bullying the opposition into submission.

Surprise, freakin’ surprise. Another left-wing Castroite government proclaiming to the world that their people are happy but not allowing anyone to check if it’s true.