The president of the subcommittee on border affairs , Gaby Arellano, warned that irregular passages by Venezuelans through the so-called trails have increased because of the worsening of the humanitarian crisis ravaging the country.
Arellano explained that “on January 27th, in the border area between Arauca and Venezuela, the Colombian Navy capsized canoes of Venezuelan migrants fleeing the territory looking for food, medicines and opportunities, but even entering Colombia is an odyssey.”
Furthermore, she expressed her concern since in her opinion the migratory crisis of Venezuelans in the different (country) borders has been exacerbated “We have the case of the border between Colombia and Ecuador, between Ecuador and Peru, between Peru and Chile, and far from improving what it is hasppening is the worsening of violation of human rights of Venezuelans at these border crossings.”
Given this, she requested that good offices be agreed through the Lima Group and the allied governments of Latin America “to avoid the systematic violation of human rights, the human trafficking of our adolescents and children who are ending up in the hands of drug traffickers.”
She called on the special commissioner for foreign relations to “communicate with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to address this dramatic situation. And to call the governments of the Lima group: to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, to minimize human rights violations and reduce the militarization of the borders that forces Venezuelans to use irregular crossings.”
She added that the closure of the borders does not improve the problem, quite the contrary, “it exacerbates the situation, especially because they (trails) do not have biosecurity measures.”
Deputy Gaby Arellano called on all of her parliamentary colleagues to raise their voices in order to provide protection to the Venezuelan diaspora “we ratify, the Venezuelan is not a common migrant, he is a refugee since they flee from Nicolás Maduro.”