The National Assembly in Ordinary Session approved an Agreement in rejection of the actions and expressions of xenophobia against Venezuelans abroad, who have been forced to emigrate from the country as a result of the policies of an oppressive regime that has brought Venezuela to the brink of an humanitarian catastrophe unprecedented in the country’s history.
The text also calls on the countries of the region to seek measures to mitigate outbreaks of xenophobia and to promote a policy of peace, solidarity and respect for migrants and refugees who do not deserve to have their human rights violated by campaigns that affect the ties of brotherhood that unite us.
The Agreement also calls on the region’s parliamentarians and regional parliaments to promote campaigns in defense of the human rights of migrants and refugees, as well as to work together to promote a dignified environment and well-being for Venezuelans abroad with the neighbors who have received them.
In this sense, the deputy for the Capital District Marialbert Barrios, using her right to speak, began the debate by indicating that five million Venezuelans have been forced to leave the country because of a complex humanitarian emergency caused by those in power, “by that minority group that usurps power.”
Thanks to the work of the National Assembly in May 2019, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) declared the vast majority of Venezuelans abroad as refugees, in the framework of the Convention on the Status of Refugees and the Cartagena Agreement on Refugees.
“The treatment of a Venezuelan who has had to leave his country because those who usurp power decided to close the doors and opportunities to them cannot be other than to give him a hand to continue fighting for Venezuela to be finally free and for Latin America to have countries that continue to fight for the future and the development of their countries.”
He said that the work of the NA is to continue fighting for the Venezuelans who stayed, but at the same time, for those who have been forced to leave thanks to Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship, so that he can return and thus begin to build the foundations of the future that the citizens deserve.
In this regard, Congressman Edwin Luzardo, a member of the Fracción 16 de Julio, stated that, in order to solve the problem of Venezuela, America and the world, the main thing is to get rid of the usurpation and for Juan Guaidó to fully assume the powers as interim president of the country.
“(…) I definitely ask that we agree on the program to stop the usurpation, the drug trafficking that threatens not only Venezuela but America and the world,” he said.
For his part, parliamentarian Renzo Pietro spoke to the world and indicated that the complex situation of migration in Venezuela, the high flow of migrants is due to the crisis, “today there are more than five million Venezuelan migrants, 14% of the national population.”
He emphasized that the Venezuelan migration situation is similar to that of Syria, a nation that has been at war for eight years.
“65% of Venezuelan migrants are in Colombia, Peru, Chile and Ecuador. This situation is not due to a natural catastrophe, but rather the result of a complex humanitarian crisis that the country is experiencing due to an oppressive regime.
Prieto called on the region’s parliaments and different organizations to take measures to mitigate the outbreaks of xenophobia, as well as to promote programs of solidarity and respect for migrants and refugees in the world today.
To conclude, Carlos Valero took the floor, who indicated that the National Assembly will attend to all Venezuelans who are outside the country, because the National Parliament is at the service of political change and all Venezuelans.
He said that Venezuelans involved in crimes in other countries do not reach 1%, “it is a minority and that has to be said. We are facing the problem of xenophobia against our people and for that we are going to intensify diplomacy with the countries, with the Lima Group, with the United States, with the European countries and the countries that make up the region to help prevent these outbreaks of xenophobia,” Valero emphasized.