The Inter-Parliamentary Union on Wednesday condemned the persecution of the deputies of the Venezuelan National Assembly by Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship.
The IPU has received new accusations, which add to the existing caseload of more than 100 Venezuelan parliamentarians who have complained to the IPU about violations of their human rights.
Last December, the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Gabriela Cuevas, demanded that the regime of Nicolás Maduro “respect the autonomy and independence of the National Assembly and the freedom and rights of assembly members”, however, the dictatorship ignored this.
For her part, Cuevas stressed that “these human rights violations against members of the National Assembly are carried out to prevent them from exercising their functions and taking decisions in freedom.”
The full statement of the Inter-Parliamentary Union follows:
The IPU has received an alarmingly high number of new complaints of alleged human rights violations against Venezuelan parliamentarians. The IPU’s Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians will examine these complaints, as well as other cases of reported abuse against parliamentarians, at its next session in Geneva starting on January 20th.
The IPU has been closely monitoring recent developments in Venezuela.
At least a dozen parliamentarians were allegedly beaten and injured by security forces on January 5th when they were prevented from reaching the National Assembly building for a session on the election of the new parliamentary leadership. Since then, the IPU has been told that parliamentarians cannot freely access parliament and effectively perform their duties.
These new allegations add to the existing case load of more than 100 Venezuelan parliamentarians who have complained to the IPU about violations of their human rights. The reports of abuse come mainly from parliamentarians who oppose Mr. Maduro. Most of the complaints concern alleged threats, intimidation or physical attacks against parliamentarians.
The IPU strongly condemns the use of any force, violence or intimidation against parliamentarians, regardless of their political persuasion.
The IPU urges the national authorities to ensure the normal functioning of the Venezuelan National Assembly, including through the allocation of the necessary financial and human resources, and to guarantee the personal integrity of all its members.
The IPU calls on all parties to exercise restraint and find a peaceful and sustainable solution to the crisis in Venezuela.