Today, through his social network accounts, the Commissioner for the United Nations, Miguel Pizarro, published the second edition of the video-magazine #HablemosDe, a project that, together with experts, politicians and civil society, aims to address in depth different issues of the Venezuelan reality and is expected to be published periodically.
In this second edition of #HablemosDe, Rafaela Requesens, Angelita Jaffé, Humberto Prado and Miguel Pizarro explain the evolution of the Venezuela case within the United Nations System, as well as the progress in the discussions that have been carried out in the Human Rights Council, the Security Council, Working Groups, among others, and in the denunciation and visibility of the violation of Human Rights, the Complex Humanitarian Emergency, the destruction of the South of Orinoco, and the alliances of Maduro’s regime with irregular and terrorist groups.
Pizarro assures: “Two fundamental factors must be taken into consideration in the progress that has taken place between 2019 and 2020 within the United Nations System. The first is in terms of political access. Within the UN System there is a clear distinction that the National Assembly, the Interim Government, the Democratic Alternative Movement is not a factor of disturbance nor is it a factor responsible for the crisis, on the contrary, this is a movement that represents the majority of Venezuelan citizens and their opinion, but also that our demands and our protests are clearly connected with what a political solution to the Venezuelan conflict would imply (…) The second very important paradigm shift that we have accomplished in the United Nations is that now there are some Official confirmations of truths that we Venezuelans knew for a long time but that we had not had the capacity for a third party to validate and that has now become part of the international file against the dictatorship. In this year and a half, the report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has come out; OCHA’s access report came out, which clearly shows how access to the national territory is disintegrating and how irregular groups, ‘colectivos’ (armed irregular government gangs), vigilante groups, have control over all border and mining areas. The report that shows that in Venezuela 1/3 of the population is food insecure, the report of the World Food Program (WFP) and the prospects for food security in Venezuela were published; this same year; the report of the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) came out and determined that crimes against humanity are committed in Venezuela and that the chain of command is responsible for this type of crime.”
During his speech, Commissioner Humberto Prado added that the strategy “has been to contribute with each of these mechanisms and with the office of the High Commissioner in order to be in continuous and permanent contact to audit the reports that we raise and for testimonies given by victims of Human Rights violations. A second strategy is to be in continuous and sustained contact with them so that they are on site, raising those reports and interviewing possible victims of human rights violations in our country. And a third point, very important, is that with them we have supported all the monitoring that we have in Venezuela.”
Similarly, Rafaela Requesens spoke about the importance of continuing to denounce the Venezuelan reality: “We are responsible for continuing to raise our voices about what is happening in our country. It doesn’t matter where we are, inside or outside of Venezuela.”
For her part, Angelina Jaffé commented: “The international issue, which is very important, does not replace the internal Venezuelan political dynamic that is the responsibility of Venezuelans. What I mean by this is that we Venezuelans continue to be responsible for a political solution, both those inside Venezuela who, let’s say, have enormous difficulties in exercising their political rights, and those outside as well.”