President (E) Juan Guaidó, reported that he has signed the ratification of the Enabling Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment so there is no longer a barrier for the UN to verify it in the country.
The protocol was signed by the Republic on July 1st, 2011 and seeks to perfect the Republic’s pre-existing obligations in the Law Approving the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which has been in force in Venezuela since 1991.
“We ratify it even though we know that the dictatorship will do everything to prevent its implementation. We ratify it even though we know that in Venezuela there are terrible places of torture such as the DGCIM, the Tomb or the house of dreams,” said the president.
The ratification of this protocol is a debt of the Republic and has been requested by Amnesty International. Similarly, such ratification was part of the recommendations given by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the annual report presented on June 26th, 2019.
The acting head of government stated that the National Assembly has done thorough job of documenting and denouncing the torture practiced by Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela.
“Since 2013 in the country there have been 72 deaths due to torture. How can we forget Fernando Albán and Captain Acosta Arevalo, for example,” he asked.
In this sense, the re-elected President of Parliament said that in Venezuela there are no longer legal barriers for the United Nations to go into the country to verify.
“It has the legitimacy to what is external as well as internal. Come and see, meet with the victims, visit the regime’s houses of torture. The only way to completely end this practice is through a political change, is by achieving a National Emergency Government that bets on the democratic reconstruction of Venezuela,” he said.
The President in charge expressed his solidarity with all Venezuelans who have been victims of torture in the country, with their families and loved ones.