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The UN approves the sending of a mission to Venezuela to investigate human rights violations

September 27, 2019

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, during his visit to Russia – — / Kremlin / dpa


The United Nations Human Rights Council has agreed on Friday to send an independent mission to Venezuela to investigate the alleged extrajudicial executions and torture, as well as other human rights violations committed in the context of the country's crisis.

The UN approves the sending of a mission to Venezuela to investigate human rights violations
The UN approves the sending of a mission to Venezuela to investigate human rights violations

The resolution has been approved with 19 votes in favor of Latin American and European countries, including Spain, which are part of the Human Rights Council and Australia, 21 abstentions and seven votes against, those of Cuba, China, Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

The UN body “strongly condemns all violations and abuses of international human rights standards and urges the authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and other persons arbitrarily deprived of their liberty,” the resolution says.

In addition, it urges the Government of Maduro to facilitate the implementation of the research mission and “guarantee immediate and total access” to its members so that they can enter and move through Venezuelan territory.

The Human Rights Council on Thursday approved a resolution urging the Government of Nicolás Maduro to adopt the recommendations made by the UN High Commissioner for this matter, Michelle Bachelet, to overcome the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Six countries, including Peru, Brazil or Argentina, voted against them, some of them because they considered the text too lenient with the Maduro government and advanced that on Friday they would present another resolution calling for an “international commission of inquiry.”

The UN Chief of Human Rights made a visit to Venezuela in June after which she published a report in which she accused the Government of reducing the democratic space and breaching its obligation to guarantee food and medical care, recommending measures to reverse this “complex” situation “immediately”.

In a recent appearance before the Human Rights Council, Bachelet said the humanitarian situation “continues to affect millions of people in Venezuela with clear destabilizing impacts in the region” and denounced cases of extrajudicial executions and torture and lack of access to food and medical care

Caracas has described this report as “erratic” because, among other things, it considers it to be based on unreliable sources. The text was prepared from 558 interviews with victims and witnesses of the “serious violations” of Human Rights in Venezuela and eight other countries, as well as data from the UN and NGOs.