These are shipments made by Unicef. And that according to opposition deputies, the government is using to promote its candidates for the December legislatures.
The Venezuelan opposition condemned in a statement the alleged use that, according to the complaint, the Government of Nicolás Maduro has made of the help received by Unicef to promote the campaign policy of the ruling party ahead of the legislative elections on December 6.
In addition, the opposition deputy Miguel Pizarro warned that the use of humanitarian aid to carry out political propaganda it goes against humanitarian principles.
“Using humanitarian aid for political propaganda purposes goes against humanitarian principles. Using humanitarian aid to manipulate the population goes against humanitarian principles,” Pizarro wrote on his Twitter account. In this regard, he asked Venezuelan citizens to denounce any candidate for the December 6 elections, which the bulk of the opposition considers a fraud, if you are “using humanitarian aid”.
Pizarro was appointed commissioner for the United Nations (UN) by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom more than 50 countries recognize as interim president of Venezuela.
The parliamentarian’s message is a response to another from Unicef in which they make “a call to all political actors to in instrumentalize the humanitarian aid that is distributed in Venezuela, whose objective is strictly to support “minors and their families.
“Unicef works based on the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, independence and humanity. The supplies and support that we offer in the country are free and should NOT be used cfor purposes other than caring for children and their families“, they assure.
A similar controversy sparked the attempt to distribute aid collected by Guaidó and which he tried to introduce to the country in February 2019, something that the Venezuelan authorities prevented.
On that occasion, that aid that the opposition classified as “humanitarian”, various entities did not participate because the principle of neutrality was not respected, fundamental to be considered “humanitarian”.
The president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies, Francesco Rocca, said in February 2019, shortly before the attempted entry of said aid, that the commitment of his organization is to humanitarian principles, neutrality, impartiality and independence.
That is why he concluded that his work is not political and asked that, consequently, it not be politicized.