Thirty acts of persecution have been systematically perpetrated by the regime led by Nicolás Maduro against 13 of the diplomatic representatives appointed by interim President Juan Guaidó.
“Such actions only show the repressive character and human rights violations of the regime that attacks those of us who disagree with it and work to recover democratic values”. This was stated by Carmen Alguindigue, Ambassador of the interim government of Venezuela in Andorra, when she referred to the report “Update of the report on the persecution of the diplomatic representatives of the interim government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, a text that summarizes the actions of persecution, intimidation and violence to which Guaidó’s diplomatic representatives are subjected.
The document was sent to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bahelet, and to the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The text states that “among the actions were identified various acts of persecution; all the diplomatic representatives were prosecuted for terrorism and treason,” the document reads:
“The women who make up the diplomatic corps of the interim government who have been persecuted by the regime work in favor of human rights and against corruption, which strengthens the commitment to continue working,” Alguindigue said.
“A fact of special consideration is that within the universe of thirty-eight (38) actions of persecution systematically perpetrated by the regime for sixteen (16) months, against thirteen (13) of the diplomatic representatives, seventeen (17) actions correspond to eight (8) women diplomats. This means that the diplomatic representatives make up sixty-one percent (61%) of the persecuted dissident group, with forty-four percent (44%) of the acts directed against them,” the report states.
The text, explains Alguindigue, discriminates between six cases of actions against more than one diplomatic representative and thirty-nine cases of specific actions against thirteen of the representatives appointed from January 2019 to May 2020.
The report qualifies the attacks as general and specific actions. “Of the specific actions, six contained actions against family members (relatives).”
The text includes statements by various political leaders belonging to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) who today hold high public office in Venezuela, including Diosdado Cabello who uses his television program, “Con el Mazo Dando,” to threaten and intimidate dissidents, including the ambassadors appointed by Guaidó. There are also actions by state security forces against members of the diplomatic corps of the interim government.
“Special mention should be made of the way in which actions leading to criminal prosecution are initiated, which denotes that the justice system is an arm of the Executive and a vile arm of the political party it represents. The orders to search (operation tun-tun) and to initiate investigations for crimes of treason and terrorism emanate from political actors (without warrants) and not from the Public Ministry, and are mostly executed by the FAES, another example of the lack of independence of the branches of government”, the text points out.