United Nations Commissioner Miguel Pizarro rejected the deaths of four men and three women miners in Bolivar State.
Pizarro said the seven miners were victims of the policy of exploitation and human rights violations that reign in the southern Orinoco at the hands of Maduro’s regime, violent groups and guerrillas.
On Tuesday morning, seven Venezuelans died walled up in the Remington mining sector, in the municipality of El Callao, in Bolivar State. Between 2019 and so far in 2020, 56 miners have died due to work in illegal gold extraction, however, the figure rises to 167 people, who have been affected by landslides.
“OHCHR has documented this reality and today we raise our voices for justice. Our solidarity with their families,” the Commissioner lamented.
South Orinoco, between danger and violence
Pizarro has denounced the irregularities that revolve around this natural region of Guayana and the constant complaints about illegal activities, corruption, drug trafficking, illegal mining and massacres against indigenous peoples.
“The South Orinoco is a disintegrating area that is controlled by irregular groups. It is an area where violence is being imposed,” he said.