The deputy of the National Assembly (AN) for Sucre State, Robert Alcalá, demanded this Tuesday that international organizations such as the UN, UNHCR and the OAS, take concrete action against the government of Trinidad and Tobago for violating the human rights of Venezuelans seeking asylum in that country.
During the ordinary session of the National Parliament, Alcalá assured that “reports and pronouncements” are not enough in the face of the death of Venezuelans trying to reach the Caribbean island.
“There are Venezuelans in Trinidad at this time who are in prison for committing the only crime of seeking better living conditions. They have not committed any crime and are in cages for dogs that are not even high enough for a person to stand, and Nicolás Maduro’s regime says nothing, and the Trinidadian government says nothing about it,” denounced the parliamentarian for Sucre State.
He also held the administration of Nicolás Maduro responsible for the situation that many Venezuelans are going through, indicating that there are corrupt officials who benefit from the departure of these vessels off the Venezuelan coast.
“What you have to do is stop the corruption that military, police and civil officials have in Güiria, in Irapa, in the Delta and in Falcón. They are the ones that allow the boats to leave illegally from their wards to Trinidad and Tobago and to other islands in the Caribbean. They are the officials of his regimen who allow this to line their pockets with a few dollars, by charging a commission of $ 300 on each Venezuelan to get to Trinidad. It is your responsibility to stop these departures that are occurring almost every day,” Alcalá said.
For the deputy, the socio-economic situation that surrounds Venezuelans especially from more vulnerable regions such as Sucre or Delta Amacuro, forces them to make the decision to head to the sea in a boat not suitable for these voyages.
“We have to make a contrast between what is migration in other countries of the world and what happens with our compatriots. From Cuba for example, from that island of disgrace, hunger, communism, dictatorship. Cubans leave it risking their lives but flee the island to a first world country like the United States; from Morocco they risk their lives towards the sea to go to first world countries such as Spain, Italy or some other countries in Europe. From Venezuela no one is fleeing from an island but they are leaving our Sucre State towards an island that is not first world but is a third world country like Trinidad that does not look anything like first world countries and also does not have a solid economy,” expressed the legislator during his right to speak.
Finally, he reiterated that the National Assembly has been denouncing the mafias that act with impunity in the Paria area for a year and a half and denounced that drug mafias operate between Venezuela and Trinidad. Human trafficking mafias that complicate this journey carried out by Venezuelans seeking better conditions of life.