This Tuesday, in its ordinary online session, the Venezuelan National Assembly endorsed the second report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission appointed by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN), authorizing the referral of the aforementioned document to the International Criminal Court (CPI) to initiate an investigation into Nicolás Maduro’s regime for crimes against humanity.
Furthermore, Deputy Delsa Solórzano, President of the Special Commission for Justice and Peace, maintained that “now it is the duty of the International Criminal Court to proceed immediately and order an investigation to be opened in the Venezuela I case,” after it has been shown that in the country crimes against humanity are committed ordered by the highest authority that usurps power and these crimes “cannot be tried because there is no justice in the country.”
She remarked that this second report issued by the UN confirms that the dictatorship applies ‘Nazi torture’ against those who are unjustifiably deprived of their liberty and revealed that the document was sent to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and other international bodies so that they have clear, accurate, and up-to-date information on the crimes against humanity that are committed in the country.
She stated that this report refers to the “direct, absolute and complete complicity of crimes against humanity by judges and prosecutors of the Public Ministry,” as well as the rest of the operators of the justice system and officials of the security forces of the regime, therefore, she assured that “they cannot evade their responsibility vis-à-vis history and international justice.”
Ms. Solórzano accused the regime’s prosecutor, Tareck William Saab, of hiding and manipulating evidence to favor the criminal dictatorship and those directly responsible for crimes that are being investigated.
The Commissioner for the United Nations, Miguel Pizarro, revealed that the report details almost 200 cases corresponding to forced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, cruel inhuman treatment, presentation of falsified and manipulated evidence, coercion to obtain statements from detainees, among other recurring practices that have become a state policy of the regime.
He pointed out that the report recounts “in great detail how Venezuelan justice is part of the systematic violation of human rights.”
He asserted that with the investigation carried out by the UN Mission, it is demonstrated that the instances of the Venezuelan judicial system “they have denied the truth, they have denied reparation to the victims, they have denied justice, they have been a determining factor in the violation of human rights,” and consequently, he warned that “there is no provision to change this practice.”
Mr. Pizarro thanked the victims, relatives of the victims, and non-governmental organizations that offered their testimony with courage and without fear.
During the debate, the legislator Williams Dávila, denounced that “the regime does not comply with any obligation arising from international humanitarian law or international human rights law”, in response to the crimes against humanity verified and reported in the different reports issued by the Fact Finding Mission of the UN and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.
Humanitarian measures for political prisoners
Deputy Franco Casella, Vice President of the Permanent Defense and Security Commission of the National Assembly, urged the Venezuelan regime to respect the right to life, integrity and health of all political prisoners and demanded “extraordinary” humanitarian measures in favor of political prisoners to “receive timely medical attention and thus be able to save their lives in freedom.”
He advocated for a general amnesty to regain the democratic and institutional course of the rule of law and proposed that within the framework of the National Salvation Agreement, an immediate independent evaluation be required with respect to urgent attention to serious cases involving political prisoners.
“Some political prisoners are suffering from serious illnesses and are not allowed to receive specialized medical care. Many of these pathologies were caused as a result of the cruel treatment and torture received,” denounced Mr. Casella, recalling that the release of Major General Pedro Naranjo, who suffers from a brain tumor, was forced by national and international pressure.
With the consent of President Juan Guaidó, the right to speak was granted to three relatives of political prisoners. Intervened in first place Loredana Hernández, daughter of the GN Brigadier General Héctor Hernández Da Costa. She denounced that her father is seriously ill and suffers from loss of vision; type 2 prostatitis; cardiac arrhythmia; he has a valve in his heart, and he is diabetic. She stressed that Da Costa has precautionary measures from the OAS and release request from the UN, “which has not been complied with so far.”
Next, Kenny Molina, wife of the civil political prisoner Javier Tarazona, director of the NGO ‘Fundaredes’, asked the UN, CDH and the international community to intercede for the political prisoners , his brother Rafael and Omar García, members of his team, and denounced that Mr. Tarazona presents a complex health picture that is worsened by the inhuman conditions in which he is held.
To conclude the interventions, Molly de la Sotta, sister of Captain Luis de la Sotta, recalled that her brother’s case is number 13 of the report of the Independent Fact Finding Mission of the United Nations for Venezuela, were it is stated that Luis Sotta had been arbitrarily detained, suffered short-term forced disappearance, torture, cruel and inhuman treatment, and concluded by requesting his release. However, it has been a year sice this demand was made and Captain Sotta remains in confinement. They forbid him to receive sunlight; he has restrictions on phone calls, family visits, lawyer visits, and no medical attention.