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Countries of the UN reacting to the human rights situation in Venezuela

The organization debates the report, which accused the Maduro regime of systematic “unlawful executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture,” since at least 2014.

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By Samuel Morales Escuela.

The Member States of the United Nations (UN) participated this Wednesday, September 23, in the debate held by the Human Rights Council on the preliminary report of a Fact-Finding Mission that accuses the government of Nicolas Maduro of carrying out crimes against humanity in Venezuela since 2014.

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El Pitazo has compiled a list of the positions of the countries until Wednesday.

  • Venezuela questioned the Mission and qualified it as a ghost. Maduro regime representatives also accused it of “sabotaging the work of Michelle Bachelet in Venezuela,” who visited the country in 2019.
  • The European Union manifested its support to the report and requested the extending of the mandate of the Mission.
  • Liechtenstein requested Venezuela cooperate with the Mission and investigate those responsible for human rights violations.
  • Peru pronounced itself on behalf of Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, and Paraguay, the other Western Hemisphere countries that also make up the Grupo de Lima regional political group that is critical of Maduro. Together, they demanded the extension of the Mission mandate.
  • Germany joined the request for the extension of the ONU Mission and went even further, asked that Maduro be ousted at once while reliable elections organized.
  • Slovenia also requested the extension of the mandate.
  • Portugal urged Venezuela to collaborate with the Mission.
  • Brazil supported the proposal to refer the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court (ICC). ICC has been investigating Maduro since 2017 with no results. 
  • Ecuador requested that the allegations in the report will investigate by the government of Nicolas Maduro.
  • Cuba described the Mission as “interfering” in Venezuela and rejected the outcome of the report.
  • France joined the request to submit the results of the report to the ICC.
  • Belgium asked to investigate the executions allegedly carried out by two questioned law enforcement agencies, Faes and the Cicpc.
  • Ethiopia rejected the report of the Mission as biased.

The president of the Mission, Marta Valiñas, reiterated this Wednesday before the Human Rights Council the results of the investigation and pointed out that the cooperation of the Venezuelan Executive (Maduro regime) was requested six times this year, but there was no response.

The debate will continue this Thursday, September 24, at 9:00, am Venezuela time.

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