The Venezuelan Observatory for Women’s Human Rights called on the nation to participate in the Popular Consultation proposed by the legitimate government of President (E) Juan Guaidó.
The institution explained that the Popular Consultation will have fundamental consequences at the national and international level for the future of democracy in Venezuela.
The following is the full statement:
VENEZUELAN OBSERVATORY FOR WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS
The Venezuelan Observatory for Women’s Human Rights,
That among the 30 human rights recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations Organization (UN) are the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to assembly and association, and the right of citizens to participate in the government of their country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
That the American Convention on Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the participation of women in politics (A/RES/66/130) of 2011, the Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Political Rights to Women and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, Convention of Belém do Pará, among other instruments, highlight the crucial importance of women’s political participation in all contexts. And consequently, the awareness and recognition of women’s participation in the political process at the community, local, national and international levels,
That the direct participation of citizens in decision-making and the adoption of government measures that affect the community in general is also one of the manifestations of the exercise of the people’s sovereignty, as a fundamental element of a democratic regime.
That one of the means of direct participation by the citizenry is the popular consultation, the results of which must be binding on the public authorities, as expressly established in Article 70 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,
To urge the citizenry in general, and in particular all Venezuelan organizations that promote women’s human rights, to participate in the popular consultation called by the National Assembly, to be held between December 5th and 12th, 2020.
As has been officially released, this consultation includes asking the Venezuelan people if they support “all mechanisms of national and international pressure so that, within the framework of the Constitution, free, fair and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections are held.”
Also, “whether or not they reject the legislative elections called for December 6th, or for any other date, as long as conditions for free elections do not exist.
The popular consultation will take place in two stages: a virtual or telematic one, between December 5th and 12th, 2020, and a presential one, on December 12th, 2020.
Whatever the result, the Venezuelan Observatory for Women’s Human Rights considers that this popular consultation will have fundamental consequences at the national and international level for the future of democracy in our country, with important repercussions in the field of human rights.
For this reason, we additionally express our call to all organs of public power to collaborate and guarantee that the aforementioned popular consultation be carried out without setbacks and in a totally free of pressure and democratic environment.
Venezuelan Observatory for Women’s Human Rights
Caracas on the ninth (9) day of November 2020