The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented on Monday the update of the report on the systematic violation of human rights (DD. HH.) In Venezuela by the usurper’s regime of Nicolás Maduro. Regarding the publication, the ambassador to Switzerland, María Alejandra Aristeguieta, said it was clear that Nicolas Maduro’s regime of did not comply with any of the recommendations made by the Commissioner.
“It is very clear that the crisis has deepened. It is very clear that the recommendations she made have not been taken into account”, she said in an interview conducted by César Miguel Rondón.
The Ambassador highlighted and drew attention to the mentions made by the High Commissioner regarding the indicators published by the NGO Caritas, 35% of chronic malnutrition was registered in children under 5 years of age, treated in June 2019 in the poorer areas of 18 states.
Aristeguieta also highlighted the concern of the cases documented by the office of the High Commissioner in Caracas, about possible extrajudicial executions committed by members of the FAES in some neighborhoods of the country, citing the Commissioner: “Last July Monitor de Víctimas identified 57 new cases of alleged executions committed by FAES members in Caracas”.
“The situation in Venezuela tends to worsen and the update of the report highlights and confirms data such as, ‘according to the latest United Nations figures, there are more than 4.3 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the world”, said the Ambassador.
The ambassador highlighted, regarding the findings in the autopsy of Captain Acosta Arévalo which states that he had suffered multiple blows, bruises, excoriations, burns in several parts of the body, fractures in 16 ribs, the nasal septum and the right foot. This is evidence of cruel and inhuman treatment, torture and vexation of political prisoners.
“There is no area or sector of society in which the update of the Bachelet report does not highlight the exponential deterioration of the quality of life of Venezuelans”, said Aristeguieta, calling to attention what was highlighted in the report indicating that: “The de facto dollarization in several sectors of the economy is exacerbating inequality (…) the minimum wage is equivalent to 2 dollars a month, compared to 7 dollars in June. Thus, a family needs to receive the equivalent of 41 monthly minimum wages to cover the basic food basket (…), the economy is going through what could be the most acute hyper-inflationary episode the region has ever experienced, affecting the ability to buy basic foods, medicines and other essential goods.”
Aristeguieta stressed that there is not a single indicator that denotes reversibility. “The economic and social situation continues to deteriorate rapidly, restricting the exercise of the economic and social rights of millions of people”, says High Commissioner Bachelet.
The report also confirms that the National Constituent Assembly, at the request of the Supreme Court, has lifted parliamentary immunity to four other deputies of the National Assembly, raising the total number to a female parliamentarian and 24 male parliamentarians deprived of immunity, including its President (e) Juan Guaidó.
Similarly, the ambassador stressed that Bachelet’s statement on “the impact that the extraction of gold, diamonds, coltan and other metals in the Orinoco Mining Arc is having on the way of life of indigenous peoples is not minor, as well as the environmental impact in their territories”.