The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) decided to create and install in Venezuela a Special Follow-up Mechanism (MESEVE), which will have the purpose of verifying compliance with the recommendations that the international organization has issued to Nicolás Maduro .
The IACHR expressed special concern at the multiple allegations of persecution, repression and human rights violations perpetrated by Maduro’s regime towards anyone who opposes his tenure.
The following is an excerpt from the IACHR statement that addresses issues related to Venezuela:
In relation to Venezuela, the IACHR received worrisome information about the situation of serious human rights violations and the persistent effects on democratic institutions in the country. In particular, practices of widespread political persecution in the country were denounced to all opponents and dissidents of the de facto government, in particular against the members of the National Assembly and dissident public officials of Maduro. In a context were there is a breakage of the separation of powers, civil society organizations denounced illegal searches of parliamentarian in spite of immunities, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances, which affect the human rights of the people affected as well as the functioning of the National Assembly itself. Likewise, civil society denounced the actions of repression and criminalization of human rights defenders under the National Security Doctrine, for being considered an “internal enemy”. There is information regarding stigmatizing speeches, harassment, threats, murders and extrajudicial executions.
Considering the serious situation in the country, the IACHR decided to install the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Venezuela (MESEVE), with the objective of following up on the recommendations issued by the Commission to the State and providing special monitoring of the human rights situation in the country. Since 2017, the IACHR has had a Room for Timely and Integrated Response and Coordination (SACROI) to deal with the affairs of Venezuela. With the installation of the MESEVE, the IACHR will expand its monitoring capabilities to the recommendations issued in its different mandates, as well as verify the implementation of the precautionary measures; follow up on the analysis of the requests received; monitor the human rights situation in the field; boost the capacities of civil society to promote respect and guarantee of human rights in the country; and make known to the international community the human rights situation in the country. Within the framework of the MESEVE, the Commission intends to prepare two reports: one on the situation of human rights in the country and one on the forced migration of Venezuelan people.