The Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, welcomes the decision of the President of the Organization of American States (OAS), Leon Charles, to allow the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to present its report on the In Loco visit to the Colombian-Venezuelan border to the Permanent Council this May 27th, at the request of Commissioner Humberto Prado.
The commissioner also thanked Ambassador Gustavo Tarre Briceño, Venezuela’s representative to the OAS, who presented the request after the Human Rights Commission sent a diplomatic letter requesting the inclusion of the IACHR commission in a regular session of the Permanent Council to present the results of the In Loco visit.
“This is the way we believe the Venezuelan State authorities should work, effectively and promptly to meet the protection needs of the population who are being affected diversely in the context of this pandemic,” said Prado.
The commission notes that originally the on-site visit would have taken place in Venezuelan territory, but that was impossible because Nicolás Maduro’s regime prevented the IACHR from entering the country.
“This conduct is clear evidence of opposition to international scrutiny, conduct characteristic of totalitarian regimes that conceal violations of fundamental rights to the detriment of their inhabitants and citizens. Not even the military juntas of Argentina during the mandate of Rafael Videla in the second half of the 20th century dared to do so, being moderately receptive by accepting the entry of the IACHR into their country” expressed the IACHR.
Finally, the Commission clarifies that this fact is far from being a sufficient conquest to resolve the multiple human rights violations that occur in the country. However, this action, together with many others, undeniably forms part of the path towards the restoration of democracy, the rule of law, and the validity of international treaties in Venezuela.