Leopoldo López Gil, Deputy for the Popular Party to the European Parliament, emphasized this Thursday that the sanctions have been imposed only on individuals.
“Maduro’s regime has said that the sanctions prevent giving certain welfare benefits to the Venezuelan population. The sanctions are only directed at human rights violators or torturers or criminals,” he emphasized.
Furthermore, he disproved Jorge Arreaza who assures that Maduro’s government “would have already bought all the anti-covid vaccines it needs” if there were no sanctions.
During the current legislature the Venezuelan case has been debated in six plenary sessions in the European Parliament, four resolutions have been approved on violations of human and political rights.
As one of the proposed solutions, a humanitarian response has been agreed starting in 2019 with the first International Solidarity Conference with Venezuela organized by the EU, where Federica Mogherini, former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2014-2019) and the UNHC, pledged to grant 120 million euros in aid to palliate the consequences of migration caused by the humanitarian crisis generated by Maduro’s regime.
In 2020, Spain and the European Union organized a second international donor conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees, obtaining more than 2.5 billion euros in donations and loans for migrant-receiving countries in the region.
For its part, Canada announces that it will organize by 2021 a new International Conference of donors in support of Venezuelan migrants and refugees who number more than 5 million according to UN reports.
“Those sanctioned are high-ranking officials of Maduro’s regime, human rights violators and responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law. The individual sanctions focus on a ban on traveling to the EU, as well as the immobilization of their personal property,” López Gil concluded.