The MEP and coordinator of the sub-commission of Human Rights Leopoldo López Gil (PPE), called on the candidate for the post of High Representative of the Foreign Policy of the European Union Josep Borrell to assume with responsibility the challenges for the recovery of freedoms and democracy in Latin America to avoid the destabilization of the South American region.
In the framework of the celebration of the national day of Spain and Hispanicism, López Gil said that Spain must lead pragmatic actions to safeguard the democratic balance in the region threatened by Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
“Josep Borrell has the responsibility to recover democracy in Venezuela and maintain unity in Spain. Latin America is affected by autocratic systems that use populist mechanisms destabilize the region; the serious thing is that they install regimes that endanger democracy and freedoms affecting the lives of citizens, so Europe must continue to apply unipersonal sanctions to those guilty of human rights violations in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.”
López Gil has also referred to the alarming figures of displaced Venezuelans as a result of the crisis in the South American country that according to UN reports amounts to 4 million 500 thousand people and a flood of more than 5 million by the end of 2019.
“The situation of precariousness of the displaced Venezuelans to countries of the South American region and the world, especially to Spain, where the figure amounts to 300 thousand Venezuelans, has to be addressed with comparable
urgency. The EU validated the report of the UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on the violation of human rights in Venezuela, while Maduro’s regime increases the persecution that forces its citizens to take desperate measures in their migration processes”, said López Gil.
Finally, he thanked the democratic politicians and Spanish citizens for lending a hand and receiving in their lands Venezuelans who, he stressed, “have deep historical ties and a common language that make both nations proud and remind us in the Hispanic day that there are more things that bind us than those that separate us.”