The Department of State of the United States issued this Tuesday a special report on the situation of Human Rights in Venezuela during the year 2020. In the report it condemns the constant human rights violations committed by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship against the Venezuelan population.
“Members of the security forces committed numerous abuses, and a UN report concluded that there were reasonable grounds to believe that government authorities and security forces had committed crimes against humanity,” the report says.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken specified that among other things, the regime committed “executions, forced disappearances, torture, and cases of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” as well as the deprivation of liberty of hundreds of people for political reasons.
The State Department recalled that the NGOs Foro Penal and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights documented 753 forced disappearances of political prisoners between 2018 and June 2020.
Likewise, despite international condemnation “Maduro’s regime continued to deny the requests of the UN Working Group on forced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit the country.”
According to the reports cited by the State Department, the dictatorship “subjected the detainees to suffocation, electric shocks, broken bones, hanging by limbs, and the obligation to spend hours on their knees.”
“The detainees were also subjected to low temperatures, sensory deprivation and sleep deprivation. They were handcuffed for long periods of time and received death threats against themselves and their families. The detainees reported that security forces related to the regime transferred them from detention centers to houses and other clandestine places where the abuses took place,” the report added.
Likewise, “among the cases of torture there were also reports that the detainees were not allowed to receive medical attention.”
The NGO PROVEA identified 574 cases of torture by security forces related to the regime in 2019, which resulted in the deaths of at least 23 people.
On the other hand, the State Department report exposes the “serious restrictions on freedom of expression, the press and the Internet, systematically blocking signals and interfering in the operation of television, radio and other private media, or closing them.”
In this regard, the United States maintains that the Maduro dictatorship “criminalized freedom of expression by declaring information unfavorable to its policies as defamation and slander, incitement to violence or terrorism, including precise information on the infection rates of COVID- 19.”
At the electoral level, the Joe Biden government rejected the electoral fraud committed on December 6th by Maduro’s dictatorship in Venezuela. Along these lines, he criticized the increase in persecution against the deputies of the National Assembly (AN) and against the Legitimate Government of Interim President Juan Guaidó.
“The corruption of Nicolás Maduro has aggravated the terrible humanitarian crisis of the Venezuelan people,” Blinken concluded in the report.