Venezuela’s Ambassador-designate to Colombia, Tomás Guanipa, held a meeting on Wednesday with members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Esmeralda Arosemena De Troitiño, Edinzon Lanza and Paulo Abrao. The meeting took place in the city of Bogotá, in the face of the insolent decision of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship not to allow the commissioners to enter Venezuela.
During the meeting, Guanipa delivered to the commission a report on the persecution of the deputies to the National Assembly and a list of cases of kidnapping, persecution and torture of Venezuelans, civilians and military, victims of the greatest atrocities exercised by the Venezuelan tyranny.
Tomás Guanipa also introduced the commission to relatives and/or representatives of several victims of Maduro’s regime, such as Walezca Acosta, wife of Captain Rafael Acosta Arevalo, who recounted how her husband was vilely kidnapped, disappeared and tortured to death by the tyranny.
Zulymar Villegas, mother of Cesar Pereira, a young man murdered in Lechería, Anzoátegui State, had the opportunity to narrate how in 2017, the regime murdered her son, who was only 20 years old, when he was peacefully demonstrating against Maduro.
Likewise, the ambassador facilitated the meeting of the commissioners with Ramón Aguilar, the lawyer who is handling the case of the murder of Councilman Fernando Albán, which allowed both Arosemena De Troitiño, Lanza and Abrao to hear the sequence of the acts of torture that ended the life of the councilman in October 2018.
Ambassador Tomás Guanipa was accompanied by the deputies to the National Assembly, Gaby Arellano and Winston Flores, as well as by the Magistrate of the legitimate Supreme Court of Justice, Idelfonzo Ifil, who told the commissioners how they and their colleagues have been persecuted, besieged and even imprisoned by the regime that today usurps functions in Venezuela.
Ewald Scharfenberg, editor of the website armando.info, and Roberto Deniz, a journalist, were also received by the commissioners. During the meeting, they recounted how Maduro’s dictatorship ended press freedom in Venezuela, and how he persecutes, imprisons and threatens communications professionals in his eagerness to prevent the infinite violations of human rights in the country from being revealed.
In spite of the failed attempts by the Venezuelan regime to hide the darkest aspects of its policies, they could not prevent the members of the commission from knowing the criminal acts and human rights violations that the dictatorship has committed against these and thousands of other victims who are represented by these testimonies.