For the representative of the Interim Government to the Bahamas, Rafael Domínguez, it is regrettable that the countries of the region must share a space for dialogue and debate with an illegitimate representative of the Venezuelan State. It is also inconsistent to allow Nicolás Maduro to sit with the rest of the leaders of the Ibero-American region because the International Community is a witness and aware of the atrocities committed by the Venezuelan regime.
This is an aberration when the International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, established in 2019 by the United Nations Human Rights Council, has stated that there is sufficient evidence to believe that Nicolás Maduro’s regime has been responsible for the commission of crimes against humanity.
The fact that Maduro and his team will participate in this Summit casts doubt on its prestige and the results of whatever is generated there. Ambassador Domínguez affirms that: “Spaces like these must be used to the maximum and taken seriously, even more so when we are going through a pandemic that has affected millions of people.”
It is unprecedented that a regime responsible for the commission of crimes against humanity, which attacks the human dignity of the Venezuelan people on a daily basis, can have a voice and vote in a Summit whose central motto is: “innovation for sustainable development.”
How can you talk about sustainable development and innovation with a person who does not guarantee it? How can one speak of Human Rights with a regime that neither respects nor guarantees them?
Those are the questions we must ask ourselves when thinking about Maduro’s presence at such an important Summit.