The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Victims Assistance, Humberto Prado, presented this Monday the report of the commission he presides corresponding to 2019, under the title: “Venezuela, between darkness and hope”.
During his speech, Prado stressed that the objective of the report released to the public is to describe and detail the human rights violations perpetrated by Nicolás Maduro’s regime against Venezuelan society during 2019.
The representative of the legitimate government of Venezuela also emphasized that during the IACHR’s on-site visit to Venezuela, the commissioners were given a first summary of the 2019 Annual Report on the systematic violations recorded in the country.
Prado emphasized that the year 2019 was characterized by a marked worsening of political conflict and social crisis in Venezuela, where the fundamental rights of the Venezuelan population were actively violated and affected.
In this sense, he highlighted the persecution of the media, journalists, parliamentarians, security officials and every citizen who will not agree with the ideology of Maduro’s dictatorship.
“After winning the National Assembly elections in 2015, the regime took as first steps to suspend six deputies and then declared them in contempt,” Prado said.
Similarly, the representative for human rights of the Legitimate Government denounced that “18 deputies have denounced harassment and persecution, 33 have been exiled, 4 were counted as refugees in embassies, 5 are in hiding and 14 were stripped of their passports”.
Prado added that the FAES, the dictatorship’s extermination group, had an alarming performance in 2019 because, between January and May, it was counted that 1,560 people were killed under the label of “resistance to authority.”
In addition, he reported that “at least 149 prisoners died in pre-trial detention centers in 15 monitored states, while noting that overcrowding in pre-trial detention centers increased by 500%.”
Finally, the Venezuelan official warned that “in Venezuela, the problem of access to water and the electricity crisis throughout the country worsened.”
“In figures, at least 4.3 million Venezuelans do not have access to quality drinking water and in almost all the states of the national territory there are electrical rationing or prolonged blackouts,” he ended.