The opposition leader in Venezuela Juan Guaidó came to the crossroads of statements by President Alberto Fernández, who in mid-May had relativized international reports that warned of repeated human rights violations, by assuring that “the problem little by little it was disappearing“in the Caribbean country.
“Human rights violations are not disappearing, human beings are disappearing, product of hunger, immigration, political assassination, torture and persecution in Venezuela, “the opposition leader responded without anesthesia.
The controversy began with a statement that the head of state made in mid-May in which he downplayed the serious political and social crisis that affects Venezuela due to the policies of the government of Nicolás Maduro.
In that interview, Fernández highlighted his support for a report by Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, when she marked actions by the Venezuelan government that violated human rights. “I also worked to help Bachelet to face a permanent office in Venezuela to monitor the functioning of human rights. And that problem gradually disappeared in Venezuela,” said the president.
Fernández even remarked that “there is a way to solve the problems that does not involve entering the countries either in an armed manner or with blockades.”
In response to this assessment, Guaidó said, in statements to the chain CNN, what “this can’t be missed” while stressing “the need for a solution and to accompany an agreement in Venezuela and its impact on Latin America.”
In this sense, the Venezuelan leader recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of his country, affirmed that “the Fernández government can be an approximationDue to the obvious links that Cristina Kirchner has with Maduro, it can be a bridge to guarantee an agreement, a solution, and provide a guarantee for all sectors. “
“That is the role that they want and can fulfill, for Venezuelans everything that helps us get closer to a solution will be fine,” insisted the opposition leader, who remarked that “what is happening in Venezuela cannot be relativized”.
In this regard, the United Nations Organization confirmed that it continues to receive complaints about human rights deficiencies in Venezuela.
In recent days, Michelle Bachelet presented a report on abuses and torture, by the State, which mainly target Nicolás Maduro.
“The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) continued to receive dcredible allegations of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, “the document said.
The UN office confirmed having received “some reports of beatings, electric shocks, sexual violence and threats of rape.” “OHCHR is not aware of any action taken by the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture between June 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021,” the report added.
For its part, Amnesty International also sent a letter to Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá to demand a “strong” position against the human rights violations in Venezuela committed by the Chavista regime.
He also claimed that Argentina should publicly support the investigation of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Office on Venezuela, despite the fact that the government of Alberto Fernández withdrew from that trial.
He also requested that the Government “consider initiating investigations in Argentina based on the principle of university jurisdiction “and not the principle of non-interference in internal affairs. This is a key position because the Argentine branch of Amnesty had, until now, a good rapport with Kirchnerism.