Since the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic in Venezuela, human rights violations by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorial regime have been increasing, not only in economic, social and cultural rights related to the absence of water, the critical state of the public health system, but also in political and civil rights.
The dictatorship not only maintains human rights violations against political prisoners who remain in prisons with a high risk of contamination, but has also increased the number of cases of acts that violate human rights during the crisis generated by COVID-19.
It has been reported that three Venezuelans were killed in the 23 de Enero Parrish in Caracas by paramilitary groups allied with the regime for refusing to comply with the quarantine decreed during the pandemic.
On the other hand, a journalist and his family were arrested by the FAES after reporting figures on the pandemic, the troops were hooded and armed, justifying the need for the arrest with some alleged COVID-19 tests that they were supposed to do to the press worker. However, when the press worker rebuked them, they said that the real reason for the arrest was due to some tweets published about coronavirus statistics in Miranda State.
For this reason, the Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Care of Victims of the Legitimate Government and the National Assembly have decided to set up the Observatory for Democracy and Human Rights to keep a record of human rights violations in Venezuela during this serious situation afflicting the world, as well as to inform the international community and denounce before international bodies the arbitrary acts committed by Nicolás Maduro’s usurper regime.
The mission of the Observatory for Democracy and Human Rights will be to promote and defend human rights, their guarantees, and democracy in the Venezuelan State during the State of Alarm.
This observatory will be vigilant in monitoring each of the complaints made and the abuses and violations of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship during this contingency in order to gather useful information in the defense of the human rights of citizens.