This Friday, the forum “Human Rights in Venezuela: One Year after Bachelet’s Report” was held, where the atrocities committed by Maduro’s regime against Venezuelans were denounced with the purpose of calling on High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to ratify the human rights violations in Venezuela and to take stronger action before the International Criminal Court.
Participants in the forum included parliamentarian Adriana Pichardo, Delsa Solórzano, commissioner David Smolansky, the sister of political prisoner Vasco Da Costa, Ana María Da Costa, and the wife of murdered lieutenant commander Rafael Acosta Arévalo, Waleska Pérez.
The president of the Parliamentary Justice and Peace Commission, Deputy Delsa Solórzano, assured that human rights violations in Venezuela are systematic and expressed her disagreement with the result of the reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, after not making visible the violation of the rights of Venezuelans.
Michelle Bachelet, in an oral update on the human rights situation in Venezuela, warned that violations of freedom of expression and the detention of political leaders and other critics of the regime persist. However, the High Commissioner valued the progress made in cooperation between her office and the representatives of the dictatorship.
In this regard, Solórzano said that such a report “cannot thank a dictator” and that diplomatic language cannot cover up the atrocity of the violations of such rights.
“We are talking about citizens, living in Venezuela, who have been victims of violations of various kinds. We have documented these cases, we have taken them to international bodies, each of them is of the utmost importance to us,” she added.
Congresswoman Adriana Pichardo, recalled that a year ago Bachelet recommended the release of all political prisoners, the need for impartial judges and prosecutors and in general the independence of the judiciary, however, the regime has completely ignored the demands.
Pichardo reported the arbitrary detention of 30,000 Venezuelans since 2014 and the existence, to date, of 529 political prisoners, of which 494 are men, 35 women, 241 military, 527 adults and two adolescents.
“There are 30,000 Venezuelan victims of persecution in six years, they have a dirty sheet because of the regime, they have a file open for crimes they did not commit. They are not numbers, they are faces, families that still suffer human rights violations,” he said.
Venezuelans flee the crisis
OAS Secretary General’s commissioner for the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis, David Smolansky, added that the most serious crisis in the region’s history is Venezuela’s, there are one million Venezuelan refugees, the second largest refugee population after Syria.
“Michelle Bachelet’s report adds that Venezuelans are leaving because of the violation of human rights, because of the complex humanitarian emergency. One out of every three Venezuelans lives in hunger. The size of the famine that today shelters the complex humanitarian crisis is twice the size of the country of Costa Rica,” she denounced.
Eighty percent of the women who give birth in Cúcuta are Venezuelans, who cross the border to gain access to public health care, since in Venezuela there is no relevant medical care, equipment, trained personnel or medicine.
A un año del informe ofrecido por Bachelet, @delsasolorzano , Presidente de la Comisión Especial de Justicia y Paz, junto a @apichardob y @dsmolansky sostuvieron encuentro para hablar sobre casos de violación de #DDHH en Venezuela. #VzlaSinDDHH pic.twitter.com/kWdzmvSpdn
— Centro de Comunicación Nacional (@Presidencia_VE) July 10, 2020