Voluntad Popular supports and accompanies the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS), which will come, after 17 years, to confirm the repeated violation of human rights in the country.
The declarations were offered by Adriana Pichardo, deputy to the National Assembly and member of the Commission of Citizenship and Human Rights of the Mercosur Parliament (Parlasur), who in the name of the National Direction of VP Party indicated that, “Voluntad Popular and its fraction of deputies support the visit of the IACHR who come to evaluate the condition of the affected children in the J.M. de los Rios Hospital, the violation of rights of deputies and military prisoners.” She insisted on the importance of the victims being in direct contact with the Commission so that they can state their cases to be taken to other international bodies while awaiting justice.
The parliamentarian recalled that 84 precautionary measures have been granted to patients of the J.M. de los Ríos, journalists and political prisoners. Between 2003 and 2009, the Commission monitored the systematic violations of human rights and democracy in Venezuela, dedicating a report to each case.
“By 2005 Venezuela was included as the country with the most serious human rights situation in the region, then in 2017 they issued their third report on the situation of fundamental rights repeatedly violated by the Venezuelan regime and in this way 8 cases have been presented before the International Criminal Court.”
Pichardo emphasized that currently there are deputies and children of the J.M. de los Ríos who enjoy precautionary measures and these have been violated by the regime. “Who loses by preventing the commission from entering the country? The citizens who are suffering today from the terrible crisis”.
The deputy recalled that Venezuela belongs to the Organization of American States (OAS) “Maduro’s regime tried to remove the country from the OAS, but on February 8th, 2019, the legitimate president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, left without effect the pretensions of the dictatorship”. In addition, the legitimate Venezuelan government has Gustavo Tarre Briceño as its ambassador to the OAS, who was elected in April 2019 with 18 of the 34 votes of the member countries.
Likewise, Adriana Pichardo pointed out that more than 50 files have been prepared, detailing the cases of the 200 military prisoners and torture victims, victims of lack of medicines in hospitals and the persecution of the deputies of the legitimate National Assembly.
In the event that the regime does not allow the Commission to enter the country, Pichardo indicated that the necessary mechanisms would be sought so that the victims could meet with the envoys of the IACHR to document the cases, whether from the border with Brazil or Colombia.