The deputies in Ordinary Session unanimously approved the Draft Agreement in Defense of Venezuela’s presence in the Mercosur parliament, which expresses the National Assembly’s unequivocal rejection of the modification of the Parlasur’s internal functioning regulations, which seeks to exclude Venezuela from that regional body that seriously harms democracy in South America.
The agreement expresses the firm rejection to the pretension of suspending the participation of the Venezuelan delegation of the Mercosur parliament through the Reform Project. Faced with this serious situation, Venezuela has considered it essential to invoke the Regulations of the Democracy Observatory of this regional parliament, specifically, its second article, which highlights the principles of “full validity of democratic institutions, subjection to the rule of law, effective respect for human rights and the freedoms of all citizens”.
Likewise, it stipulates to demand the permanence of the Venezuelan representation designated by the National Assembly, in 2016, in exercise of its autonomy and full attributions as parliamentarians of Parlasur, with the objective of continuing to denounce the situation of crisis that the country suffers before the national and international instances, in an attempt to examine all the ways that would lead to a solution as soon as possible.
Likewise, they will send a written communication of the directive of the National Assembly accompanied by a copy of the referred agreement to the diplomatic corps accredited in the Republic, as well as to the European Parliament, the African Parliament, the World Inter-Parliamentary Union and the presidents members of Mercosur.
“Parlasur is a space to promote the defense of human rights.”
The agreement was presented by Deputy William Davila, representative of Venezuela to Parlasur, highlighted the achievements that have been obtained in this Latin American parliamentary space, among which he cited: The three public hearings on the human rights of Venezuela; declaration of Guyana rejecting the judicialization of the demand over the territory of the Esequibo and the Atlantic Façade and the visibility of the humanitarian emergency.
He also explained that in the Parlasur sessions: “they have echoed the real” economic, political and social crisis affecting Venezuelans; the high rates of malnutrition and infant mortality; added to the agreements of access to the field of science, culture, technology with the universities of the countries that make up the Mercosur and the visit to the Pacaraima area, in Roraima, Brazil, to see the reality lived by the refugees.
Congressman Dávila denounced that “there has been an attempt to suspend Venezuela for various reasons”, however, he maintained that the Venezuelan delegation maintains a “dignified position”, since “being a parliamentarian before Mercosur does not mean being a representative of the government but of the people”.
“We defend Venezuela, we defend our Parliament, carrying the voice (of the assembly) in concrete cases, we ratify the presence of our delegation, maybe it is not a hot political issue but it is important, since it allows to make visible the serious violation of human rights in Venezuela”, he stressed.
Davila revealed that in the plenary of the Mercosur Parliament was requested the presence of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and reiterated that Parlasur is a space that was born to promote the defense and guarantee of human rights and democracy, “it cannot be a space only for economic but also political discussion”.
“We have made ourselves felt in all the sessions of the Mercosur Parliament, the Parlasur, we take a position for integration, and that in Venezuela there be a free, transparent electoral process”, said the deputy in the podium of speakers of the Hemicycle of Sessions in the Federal Legislative Palace, headquarters of the National Assembly of Venezuela.