This Tuesday, April 13th, the Minister Counselor of the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil, Tomás Silva, held a meeting with the Governor of Amapá, Waldez Góes, to discuss the case of 15 Venezuelan fishermen, who are detained in that state, after they were caught by the Brazilian Navy fishing during the off season.
The fishermen and the boat were transferred to the port of the Municipality of Santana, in the State of Amapá (northern region of Brazil), where they remain until now. The authorities of the State Captaincy of Ports contacted Ambassador María Teresa Belandria to relate what happened and immediately the Minister Counselor was appointed to deal with this matter.
After the meeting between Silva and the State Governor, and thanks to the close collaboration that this diplomatic representation maintains with the federal, state and municipal authorities of Brazil, Governor Góes instructed his team so that the Venezuelan fishermen received medical attention -including the tests for COVID-19-, and their safety and food will be guaranteed.
In a joint effort, with the participation of the public power through the State Secretariats of Health, Social Assistance and Security, the State Sanitary Surveillance service, as well as the Fire Department, Civil Defense and the Navy of Brazil, and the private sector with the support of Fecomercio and ACIA de Amapá, they quickly provided medical care and food to each of the 15 members of the boat. Throughout the process, the Public Defender’s Office of the Union is interceding so that the resolution of this case occurs with respect to human rights.
In this way, the Venezuelan embassy in Brazil once again fulfills its objective of responsibly serving Venezuelans in this country and collaborating closely with the Brazilian authorities and institutions to resolve the various cases that involve our citizens.