The Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco, participated in the International Congress of Jurists that honored of late Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where he had the opportunity to present on the impact of COVID-19 in the world and other related aspects related to respect for the law, human rights and humanitarian crises.
Ambassador Viera-Blanco focused his participation on the ‘Arco Minero’ (Mining Arc), which he summarized as “an unprecedented environmental holocaust in the Amazon and in Latin America.”
“Venezuela was a country with 70% clean and served hybrid energy, in which 80% of the population had water and electricity; had the most important hospital network in the region; was the migratory destination of Europeans, Latin American brothers, Americans and from all corners of the planet […] Today 111 km2 of our Amazon region are being devastated, more than 350 species of endemic flora and 750 animal species are in danger of extinction. Our Indigenous Peoples are being displaced and all this in view of the world. The mining arc has become the epicenter of trafficking in women, children, people, and gold, coltan, diamonds, under the scheme of illegal mining that uses poluting levels of mercury and extractive extraction “techniques” that affect more than 700,000 hectares of forest reserves [Tropical Rain Forest],” highlighted the diplomatic representative who is also Vice President of the Latin American Chapter of the World Association of Jurists.
“Venezuela today does not have water, energy, medicines or vaccines to take care of its population and many other endemic diseases that had disappeared in the country during the last century. A very regrettable and contradictory reality, considering the levels of wealth and reserves of oil, gold and minerals in our country,” added Ambassador Viera-Blanco.
However, “the day after achieving the change in the economic model and power that has been installed in Venezuela, we are sure that we will experience a recovery and an economic, social and humanitarian rebound bigger than any country has registered in the sub-region,” stated Ambassador Viera-Blanco in the forum held in Madrid. This forum had the distinguished presence of King Felipe VI at the opening of the event, and numerous Court Presidents of different Supreme Courts of the world, human rights activists, authorities of the Spanish local government, plus university Deans, Justices and Magistrates representing most of the world, paying tribute to late American Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, icon of gender equality.