This Tuesday, the Foreign Ministers of the member countries of the Lima Group met, to among other things, support the president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, reject the electoral fraud of Maduro’s dictatorship and urge the International Criminal Court and the different international justice organizations to judge Maduro for crimes against humanity and links with organized crime.
The Foreign Minister of Colombia, Claudia Blum, assured that it is necessary for the Lima Group to make an unequivocal statement on the Report of the International Mission of the UN on Venezuela, act in a coordinated and strategic manner in the face of the serious panorama of fraudulent parliamentary elections, and to insist on the importance of international cooperation in the response to the migratory crisis in the region.
Blum urged various bodies of international criminal justice to take on the investigations of the cases reported by the UN Independent Mission that could constitute crimes against humanity. “It is urgent that the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court advance more rapidly in its preliminary examination of the situation in Venezuela. This new UN report adds to documents previously submitted by various non-governmental organizations, world leaders and the Organization of American States, and justifies that this Court proceed with the opening of the corresponding investigation,” she remarked.
With respect to the electoral fraud of the dictatorship, she emphasized that the guarantees for transparent and free elections include: an independent electoral arbiter, impartial judicial authorities, an updated electoral census, security for voters, freedom of the press, and guarantees for the pluralistic exercise of political activity.
At the end of the meeting of the Lima Group, a Declaration signed by 14 countries was adopted, which includes, among others, the following issues:
⁃ Renewed Support for interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly.
⁃ Expresses strong rejection of the persistence of the regime in holding parliamentary elections without democratic guarantees.
⁃ Reiterates that democracy will be fully restored only with free and guaranteed presidential and parliamentary general elections.
⁃ Condemns he systematic violations of human rights and the alleged crimes against humanity documented by the UN Independent International Mission are and recommends that the report be subject to the preliminary examination carried out by the International Criminal Court.
⁃ Calls on international authorities to thoroughly investigate the relations of the illegitimate regime with organized crime, terrorism, corruption, and other international criminal manifestations.
⁃ Reiterates the importance of the international cooperation in the attention to the migratory situation in receiving countries.