The Minister of Family, Women and Human Rights of Brazil, Damares Alves, denounced the persistent and serious human rights violations committed in Venezuela during her speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“We are particularly concerned about the hundreds of children who arrive in Brazil alone. They need to have the perspective of a free and healthy life, something that was violently taken away from them by the illegitimate and authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro,” she said during her presentation.
She also recalled “the important work of the Fact-Finding Mission, established in September 2019, to investigate the numerous reports of extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture and other cruel and dehumanizing treatment in Venezuela.
To close her speech, the minister highlighted the work done by the Brazilian government to receive and assist Venezuelan migrants who cross the border daily, through Operation Shelter, and the granting of refugee status to thousands of Venezuelans in 2019.
The 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council takes place from February 24th to March 20th in Geneva and brings together its 47 member countries, including Brazil.