Congressman Carlos Valero, member of the National Assembly’s (NA) Foreign Policy Committee, expressed his rejection of the recent evictions of Venezuelan migrants that have occurred in several countries in the region.
“It is inhumane to throw out a person who cannot generate income in this world crisis. No Venezuelan, no foreigner or not, should be the victim of eviction from rental housing while the Covid emergency lasts,” he said.
The deputy reported that this situation has been generated since the pandemic spread in the continent and the largest numbers of cases have been registered in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, the three neighboring countries with the highest number of Venezuelan immigrants.
“From the Peruvian embassy we were informed that more than 500 people have reported their eviction, while in Colombia we see with much pain our compatriots sleeping in the streets. Some refuse to return and others have even started walking, with nothing in their pockets to get to Venezuela,” he lamented.
Valero said these evictions during the pandemic violate people’s human rights. He said representatives of President Juan Guaidó’s government will work with local authorities, as well as UN agencies, churches and NGOs to help the victims.
He also called on the region’s presidents to take protective measures during the pandemic to protect Venezuelan migrants.