UN human rights defenders said they were “deeply concerned” about the apparent increase in threats and attacks against journalists, health workers and others under the “apology” of the health emergency that was ordered on December 13 to deal with the March Coronavirus pandemic.
With this in mind, experts have warned of “an increase in the stigma, attacks and criminalization of human rights defenders, including journalists” since this exceptional measure was explained, which is why it has already been implemented. Contact the Nicolás Maduro government.
They have stressed that access to information is more important wherever possible in times like this, and have therefore urged the authorities not to put pressure on others, partly because of the “deterrent effect” they have on “legitimate work” Activists.
“We urge the Venezuelan government to promote spaces for dialogue while reaffirming its commitment to human rights and not passing laws that further restrict freedom of association through sanctions against civil society organizations that receive funding internationally.” the experts pointed out.
The rapporteur signed the communication on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Frost. the person responsible for promoting and protecting the right to freedom of expression and opinion, David Kaye; the rapporteur on the right to peaceful freedom of assembly and association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule; the expert on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the fight against terrorism, Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin; and the rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, Dainius Puras.