The Special Commission for Justice and Peace through its President, Deputy Delsa Solórzano, participated together with Deputy Rosmit Mantilla in a virtual meeting with the diplomatic representatives of the Government (E) in Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala, where they presented the Report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission.
The meeting was moderated by the ambassadors, who in their interventions thanked the work of the deputies for the democratic struggle of Venezuela and pointed out that on their own, in each one of their venues, they have collaborated to unify the efforts of the international community.
Representative Delsa Solórzano used her participation to detail and analyze some of the most outstanding points of the report and to explain how it positively affects the work that has been carried out by the Presidency (E) and the National Assembly to achieve the cessation of the usurpation.
Furthermore, she explained the advantages after this report was presented begin to be noted, when international spokespersons who previously did not pay much attention to the reality of Venezuela, now begin to affirm that in our country human rights are being violated, crimes against humanity are being committed, and they also identify those directly and individually responsible, Among them are Nicolás Maduro – who is also reported for sometimes giving direct orders for torture and ill-treatment – Diosdado Cabello, Vladimir Padrino López, Néstor Reverol, regional and national directors of the special action forces (SEBIN, DGCIM, FAES, PNB, CICPC), among others.
Also, Solórzano recounted some of the events described there explaining that the report takes as examples 13 cases in which cruel and degrading treatment was committed. Cases where the kidnapped were subjected by force to give statements that were often false, as happened with Congressman Juan Requesens, or in which they caused physical injuries, psychological trauma, etc., that were so severe that they ended up causing the death of the prisoners, as happened with Captain Acosta Arévalo. “Today we are in the presence of a report that for the first time shows important results and that has to do with the individual and direct identification of those responsible”. The congresswoman ended her speech by reaffirming the commitment of the Special Commission for Justice and Peace to repair the damage to the victims and to put an end to impunity.
For his part, Deputy Rosmit Mantilla, spoke of his testimony as a former political prisoner relating the horror that is lived in the dungeons of the regime. “I finally see that my imprisonment had a positive outcome, both for the publication of this report, and for the statements just given by the President (E) of the Republic, where he requests protection for Venezuela”.
Mantilla explained that during the two years he was in SEBIN, he was a victim and witness of different systematized practices of torture, and that although the report uses some names, it is important to understand that these situations continue to occur daily with many who are still in prison. He also detailed some cases of detainees, such as the young men who allegedly participated in the murder of Robert Serra and who were taken out of their cells to be tortured and threatened by Freddy Bernal and his escorts, only to return bathed in blood and thus, with many more cases he had to witness, where the abuse of force caused great harm to the detainees.
Claudio Sandoval, Venezuelan Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras, pointed out how impressive the testimonies in this report are and thanked the collaboration of the victims to make the international community have a real knowledge of what happens in our country.
For her part, Fabiola Zavarce, Venezuelan Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, reflected on the image of the security forces, which far from being the ones that safeguard the integrity of the citizens, are rather those that flagrantly and selectively violate Human Rights. “Dictatorship is a mild term, this is a criminal system that systematically violates human rights and now there are unavoidable elements of proof.”
María Faría, Venezuelan Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica, pointed out that it is important that the international community knows what is happening in Venezuela and that it understands that it is not an issue of ideologies, but rather a position of struggle against impunity, “while the dictatorship is maintained in Venezuela, anyone who dares to raise his voice may become an Oscar Pérez, Fernando Albán or swell the list of tortured political prisoners”.
For her part, after a round of questions and answers, the Venezuelan Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala, María Teresa Romero, closed the meeting by reflecting on the capacity for action of the democratic forces of the world, which despite the cooperation they have provided to our country on previous occasions, still do not have the democratic will that is needed, to act in this and all cases in Latin America where “Castroism” is establishing not only dictatorships but also governments of failed states, “It is necessary that they act immediately, we need much more democratic accountability and that the principle of protection is fulfilled, as requested by President Juan Guaidó”.