The Venezuelan Parliament reiterated its backing and the call expressed in the Report of the Fact-Finding Mission of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Venezuela. Which calls for urgent action by the international community to stop the human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
The international community must act
During the debate, Representative Marco Bozo, declared that the report “unmasks” Nicolás Maduro’s regime and as a result, the International Criminal Court (ICC) must act with celerity before “the evident and systematic” violation of human rights that occur in Venezuela as revealed by the Mission and likewise added that this investigation “is the result of the search for justice of the Venezuelans”.
Bozo considered that this report cannot be ignored because it shows the international community, “the quest for justice that for many years, Venezuelans have been demanding and therefore, the international community must act on these conclusions”.
“Maduro is a criminal against humanity. Today his allies will have to decide whether to continue under the curtain of autocratic solidarity and be accomplices to crimes against humanity. The free world has the opportunity to stop this scourge in the region that has turned whole country to ruins,” he stated.
He also asserted that “from the political partiality of the Judicial Power; the ineffectiveness of the Ombudsman’s Office; the shameful actions of the Attorney General’s Office usurped by Tarek William Saab; the responsibility of the chain of command that approves and promotes forced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, sexual violence, torture and other cruel and degrading treatments, that are practiced with sadism by Maduro’s regime and are responsible factors that drown and subject the people of Venezuela,” underlined Bozo.
ICC to exercise justice
Parliamentarian Delsa Solórzano, president of the Justice and Peace Commission, reiterated that the report calls on the international community to initiate legal action against those identified as responsible for the human rights violations and crimes and urges the ICC Prosecutor’s Office to ensure justice for the victims.
She recalled that when the investigation against Maduro’s regime was opened, the nations of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Paraguay introduced documents before international organizations regarding crimes against humanity covered by the Rome Statute, and urged the ICC to “act immediately and urgently, considering that in effect, in Venezuela, serious crimes had been systematically committed against citizens who opposed the dictatorship.”
“The international community must know that when there are crimes against humanity, any limit that has to do with sovereignty is surpassed,” emphasized Solorzano, who asked the international community to support the report that will allow the exercise of “the sanction, condemnation and adequate punishment of those responsible for these terrible crimes.”
She said that before the ICC these nations pointed out categorically Maduro’s regime as “criminal”, composed of human rights violators and responsible for crimes against humanity and the report made by the international mission, mentions with them name and surname, which includes Nicolas Maduro, usurpers ministers, directors of DGCIM, Sebin, among others officials.
Expulsion of the regime from the Human Rights Council
The petition was joined by Representative Américo de Grazia, who suggested going to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC), so that justice be done and all cases be sustained, and at the same time demand the expulsion of Nicolás Maduro’s regime from the UN Human Rights Council, since in his opinion “it is an affront to Venezuelans and that institution because they are criminals.”
Similarly, he demanded that the international community enact more sanctions and exert mare pressure against the criminal regime that has links with drug cartels and terrorist groups in order to subject Venezuelans to social control, through repression, arbitrary detentions, torture, massacres, hunger and violence.
Crimes against humanity as a state policy
In his right to speak, Deputy Joaquín Aguilar indicated that the UN Fact-Finding Mission certified that Venezuelans are subjected to the violation of their human rights on a daily basis, due to the evident calamities as the debacle of public services and the miserable salary that citizens earn. Furthermore, it confirms the arbitrary detentions of parliamentarians and crimes against humanity committed against opposition leaders such as Fernando Albán.
“In the national and international spheres this report is decisive for the world to know the true face of Nicolas Maduro and his criminal regime. This report makes clear the responsibility of the Venezuelan State and that these crimes are part of a planned and systematic policy ordered by Nicolás Maduro, Néstor Reverol, Padrino López, Diosdado Cabello and the entire repressive structure,” he remarked.
In this respect, Representative Freddy Valero, President of the Permanent Commission of Domestic Policy, added that those responsible “are criminals who illegitimately direct the country” and commit crimes against humanity on Venezuelans who dissent from the regime.
“Venezuelans need international help to get out of this tragedy that we are immersed in and we request the formation of a National Emergency Government,” said the parliamentarian.
Discussion and approval of Article 187-11
After the verification of the violation of human rights in the country by the UN Mission, Representative Richard Blanco demanded to discuss Article 187, number 11 of the Constitution, which will allow the President of the Republic to request international assistance to recover the freedom and democracy lost in Venezuela.
“That report will clearly bring as a consequence, the help from the international community for Venezuela”, at the same time he reiterated that in the country work: drug cartels, dangerous terrorist groups of the world, and they all plunder our gold, oil, the wealth of all Venezuelans”.
He called on the parliamentary jurisdiction not to continue waiting to authorize President Juan Guaidó to apply Article 187 section 11, since in his opinion, the people require that the usurpers and violators of human rights leave. They should be condemned by the justice system and pay for their crimes committed against Venezuelans.
“The conditions to request international support are given, since the Republic is a signatory of different international treaties and doctrines” among which he mentioned: UN Responsibility to Protect; UN Security Council Resolution 773 and Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR)”, he alleged.
446 pages that denude the regime
In an ordinary online session, legislator Adriana Pichardo, president of the Human Rights Observatory of the National Assembly, emphasized that the report will be presented in the UN in the next few hours. It consists of 446 pages containing information, evidence, and the true testimonies of the victims, which have been denouncing for years with respect to crimes against humanity, human rights violations, and violations of the Constitution.
In the opinion of the parliamentarian, this report “strips the regime naked, and how through a “Constituent Assembly”, tried to supercede the functions of the parliament and its deputies. It also uncovers torture, persecution, and the clandestine nature of detention centers where cruel and denigrating acts are committed against citizens and more than 300 prisoners are held in captivity for political reasons.”
In the ordinary online session, Pichardo, asked for support and approval for the Mission to remain in the country for another year.
To conclude, the second vice-president of the National Assembly, deputy Juan Pablo Guanipa, condemned the regime’s intention to discredit the report of the UN fact-finding mission and asked the plenary of the legislative chamber to continue discussing the content of the investigation. “This report has stirred up the international conscience about the violation of human rights in Venezuela,” said Guanipa, reiterating that with internal and external pressure we will be able to get rid of this iron-fisted dictatorship.