The 1979 occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran shows why Venezuela now requires support in protecting its embassy in D.C., says Alfred de Zayas.
On Thursday morning Kevin Zeese, one of the activists who remained inside the embassy, reported:
International Law applies to all states, even if some violate the norms with impunity. Against the arrogance of power, law is impotent, because the international community has yet to create effective mechanisms of implementation. However, the breach does not abrogate international law, which remains in force until a future time when it is vindicated by the political will of governments and by people power.
Since the adoption of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the United States has committed multiple violations of its provisions. Normally such violations would lead to international adjudication and the obligation to make reparation to the injured state. The…