This Wednesday at the debate session of the Committee on Social Security and Family of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, the parliamentarian for Roraima State, Hiran Gonçalves, took the floor to defend his proposal to file a complaint against Nicolás Maduro before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed against the Venezuelan people. The initiative came after a commission made up of several Brazilian parliamentarians visited the border city of Pacaraima, in Roraima State, last October.
During this visit, the deputies and senators were visibly shocked by the chaotic situation that existed in the city at that time, in which entire families from Venezuela were spending the night on the streets waiting for their immigration regularization.
“Despite the great effort made by Operation Welcome, many suffer. Of a thousand people who entered per day, it was only possible to serve 300,” said Deputy Gonçalves, referring to the numbers of incoming migrants during his October visit. He also added: “There are already almost 6 million Venezuelans outside their country, wandering through various countries, in a situation of absolute vulnerability.” Several parliamentarians supported the proposal, including Deputy Soraya Manato, recognizing that Hiran Gonçalves has authority and extensive knowledge about the situation of migrants in Roraima and its impact on Brazil. In the opinion of Deputy Paula Belmonte, who was part of the group of parliamentarians who visited the border, “I was there and what we saw were people in the most absolute misery, people who come to Brazil to be treated. They are in a desperate situation.”
During the session, the parliamentarians agreed to recognize the extreme gravity of the Venezuelan crisis, but above all the importance of continuing to welcome their migration. Deputy Carla Dickson said: “We are talking here about a very serious situation in which the Venezuelan people were expelled from their own country.” The growing concern of these deputies is due to the saturation of the Unified Health System (SUS) and the schools in Roraima due to the massive arrival of Venezuelans to the small city of Pacaraima. “70% of the people served by SUS are from the neighboring country and only 30% are Brazilians. It is also a healthcare problem,” she concluded. For the group of deputies, Nicolás Maduro is responsible for this situation that affects both countries today and as such he must be tried by the ICC.