With the presence of distinguished panelists organized by the Embassy of Venezuela in Canada, was held on September 23rd, 2020 the webinar on Crimes against Humanity and International Justice via Zoom.
The event was moderated by the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco and included the presence of Congressman in exile Armando Armas, President of the Permanent Commission of Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of Venezuela; Fernando Fernández, Professor of Law and former coordinator of Amnesty International Venezuela; and Dr. Ramón Duque Corredor former Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela.
In full session, panelists discussed and analyzed exhaustively the impact of last week’s United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission report on Venezuela. The panelists concluded that the report provided further evidence that Maduro’s regime has committed acts that “amount to crimes against humanity.”
During the session, Dr. Duque Corredor, a former judge of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, stated that the “fact-finding mission report places those incriminated in the hands of universal justice. Fernández, an expert in criminal and financial law specialized in anti-corruption and money laundering, urged the regime to give it “an answer to 2015 paragraphs of serious charges in more than 450 pages of crimes against humanity”. Mr. Fernandez also added that “Canada, its civil society and the victims [of human rights abuses in Venezuela] can activate Canada’s legal mechanisms to try those accused of atrocious crimes in Venezuela. The exiled deputy Armando Armas added that “the sovereignty of the peoples and the security of human rights is superior to the sovereignty invoked by the autocrat.”
Ambassador Viera Blanco, representative of the President (E) of Juan Guiadó Márquez in Canada, offered some final declarations in which he affirmed that “in international criminal justice lies the key to the cessation of usurpation.”
Link to the webinar here.