The Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA), demanded through a communiqué the intervention of the international community and the international protection systems to stop the violations of human rights in Venezuela.
In the document, the ODCA refers to the issuance of the report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission wherein they demonstrate that the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro is responsible for the crimes against Humanity that have been executed in Venezuela.
Likewise, the Christian Democratic Organization of America rejected the concerted actions of the regime against the Venezuelan people to sustain and perpetuate a totalitarian system in the country.
The following is the full statement of the ODCA:
The Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA), in view of the latest report on extreme and systematic violations of human rights in Venezuela, demands the intervention of the international community and the international protection systems to stop the violations of human rights in the country.
The report presented to the UN by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela confirms that the dictatorial regime headed by Nicolás Maduro has not only failed in its duty to guarantee human rights, but has actively promoted and executed human rights violations as a systematic practice of the State.
The report establishes the involvement of the government, the justice system and the security forces in extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual abuse and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. According to the report, some of the crimes committed by Nicolás Maduro and State agents constitute “crimes against humanity.”
The Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA) rejects the concerted action of the Venezuelan authorities used to repress political opponents and to sustain and perpetuate a totalitarian system in that country.
The ODCA denounces that the regime of Nicolás Maduro crossed the line of civilized countries and that, from the point of view of international law, its authorities can already be accused of crimes and the organs of the Venezuelan State with their actions, have placed themselves at the margin of international law.
The ODCA reiterates that governments have the obligation to respect, fulfill and protect human rights and that when State organs fail in their responsibilities, the international community has the obligation to intervene in accordance with the principles of complementarity and international solidarity.
In the face of systematic attacks on human dignity and allegations of “crimes against humanity”, which constitute a severe blow to the conscience of humanity, the ODCA demands the urgent intervention of international human rights protection systems.
ODCA maintains that “crimes against humanity”, because they are international crimes, must be investigated, prosecuted and punished by the International Criminal Court, in accordance with the Rome Statute, in order to prevent impunity for those responsible and to restore respect for the fundamental rights of the human person.
The ODCA reaffirms that the Venezuelan regime and the executive, judicial and electoral bodies do not offer the guarantees of a democracy and that, in the context of systematic human rights violations, it is impossible to hold free and informed elections that reflect the true will of the people.
Finally, ODCA reiterates its solidarity with the Venezuelan people and its commitment to support them in the restoration of democracy and human rights.