The National Assembly (NA) designated the commissions of Internal Policy and Defense to investigate the alleged torture of two children aged 8 and 11 in San Tomé, Anzoátegui State, by a captain of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) on Saturday, November 16th.
The decision was taken after the debate that took place this Tuesday in the ordinary session about the prevailing impunity in the country. In this sense, opening the discussion Deputy Guillermo Palacios mentioned some cases and accused the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) for allowing injustice. “But change has to happen and it is close. Effectively, we are going to continue in the streets until we dismiss the usurper Nicolás Maduro”.
All the deputies of the Democratic Bloc agreed in the case of the alleged torture of children. Karin Salanova said that this case in Venezuela violates article 254 of the Lopna and article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She mentioned the murder of the girl in Maturín, at the hands of her parents and other human rights violations. She questioned the Ombudsman and denounced cases of child exploitation in Amazonas and Chacao.
In his right to speak, Congressman Oscar Figuera, representing the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) expressed that whoever commits a crime, violating the Constitution and the laws, must be investigated and prosecuted. He assured that there is impunity when this AN exists in contempt. “Its actions are impunity, especially when you ask foreign powers to invade the country, when you ask for aggressions and you continue to act with impunity calling for mobilizations and aggressions. It is estimated that there is impunity when people try to reactivate TIAR, photograph themselves and act with paramilitaries, proclaim themselves president.”
For his part, Deputy Julio Igarza stressed that there is impunity in the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) when it will be four years without a definitive sentence in the case of the parliamentarians of Amazonas, when they continue blackmailing the people with a figure of contempt that does not exist in the Constitution. He questioned the usurper Prosecutor for attending only to the call of the regime, as well as the Ombudsman’s Office for not being on the side of the Venezuelans. He asked the people to protest in order to rescue freedom, progress and the future.
In his turn, Congressman Tobías Bolívar spoke of the Venezuelan legal environment. He indicated that 90% of the crimes committed in the country are not prosecuted. “The legal system is used to repress and silence the voices of protest, to accuse the NA of contempt and to persecute the deputies. To make matters worse, Venezuela is singled out as one of the worst judicial systems. The responsibility of this regime is manifest.” He added that impunity does not apply in the criteria of public investment to overcome the crisis in services.
Later, Gerardo Márquez, deputy of the Bloque de la Patria, argued that there is impunity when there are parliamentarians in session despite having done so much damage and committing crimes, such as the attempted assassination in 2018. “There are deputies who are here even with their immunity revoked for having participated in the attempted coup d’état in April, and here they are. There are violent deputies who called guarimbas in 2014 and 2017 and who were capable of burning Venezuelans alive. They have committed patrimonial crimes, children have died because they blocked Venezuela’s accounts in the United States. There is impunity when they are photographed with paramilitaries.”
Next, Congressman Omar Gonzalez said that the lack of punishment for crimes committed in the country is not an illegality against the state or the judiciary, but a crime against Venezuelans that produces hunger, misery and death. “When those who have stolen money from medicines, hospitals, food, and the productive apparatus are not punished, when the police act with impunity and are given a license to kill. He asked the NA not to allow the crime of torture committed by the GNB official against children in San Tomé to go unpunished.”
Congressman José Brito also intervened. He accused the deputies of the homeland group for putting the country through the worst political, economic and social tragedy. We are in front of a people who have seen their boys die, he said while warning that impunity is not to have institutions at the service of the people, but at the service of Miraflores. He said that it is the military that govern Venezuela. He criticized the soldier who allegedly tortured the children linking the event with the supposed intention of attracting the attention of the opposition due to the lack of convocation of the mobilization that day.
Congresswoman Delsa Solórzano closed the debate warning that, in Venezuela, the victims have no hope that justice will be done. “Judges and prosecutors of the Public Ministry have dedicated themselves to prosecuting anyone who thinks differently. More than seven thousand extrajudicial executions and any type of mayhem practiced by the security forces. She took the opportunity to accuse Cilia Flores of corruption by mentioning the alleged 14 houses her family has in Cumbres de Curumo. She spoke of the victims of the PLO and the threats suffered by the relatives of the tortured children, remembering Oscar Pérez, Fernando Albán and the hundreds of Venezuelans who die at the hands of criminals.