This Monday, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Peru, Carlos Scull, made a presentation before the Foreign Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic of Peru, where he exposed the serious political and humanitarian crisis that has led than more than 5,5 million Venezuelans to flee the country in search of a better future, and its impact on the region.
At the Committee meeting chaired by Congressman Gilmer Trujillo, the Ambassador explained in detail the Fact Finding Report prepared by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, which presented the human rights violations committed by Nicolás Maduro’s regime through his FAES group, as well as on the deplorable conditions of political prisoners and citizens.
“Currently there are more than 300 political prisoners, many of whom have a release ballot, but are held captive violating their human rights, there are also 40 legitimate National Assembly deputies in exile due to political processes,” said the diplomat.
International organizations and several States continue to send reports that show the serious deterioration of human rights in the country and the occurrence of these continued crimes under the knowledge and surveillance of the government in office. Such is the case of the 2018 Human Rights Watch Report on extrajudicial executions in low-income areas, and the chapter dedicated to Venezuela in its World Report 2021.
The Venezuelan problem is rooted in a climate of political instability that has caused the deterioration of its democratic institutions, the rule of law, as well as the respect and guarantee of human rights, which has made Venezuela the second migration crisis in the world after Syria. Likewise, the regime has provided protection to terrorist groups such as FARC and ELN.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), estimated that “there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity were committed” in Venezuela since April 2017, this produced the forced displacement of millions of Venezuelans to different countries, with Peru as the second host country with more than 1 million refugees.
On September 22nd, 2020, the Temporary Permanence Permit Card (CPP) was approved, which would benefit those migrants who are in Perú illegally, “this document will allow our compatriots to improve their quality of life, and a regularized Venezuelan contributes to the economy and growth of this brother country,” said Scull.
Likewise, the president of the Commission commented that “on behalf of the entire commission, and myself personally, we express solidarity to the Venezuelan brothers who are inside and outside of Venezuela, it is not fair that citizens should be living in these conditions, we will always be here at your disposition so that you can share relevant information on the subject ‘Venezuela’, which we will follow up on.”
For his part, the Ambassador thanked the Peruvian government for its support in the fight for the restoration of democracy, as well as the honorable Committee of the Peruvian Congress and stated that “we hope to continue strengthening ties between both nations.”