Double game of the Government with Venezuela: it will condemn human rights and the US blockade

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These are the positions that the Foreign Ministry will order the Argentine representative to adopt in the debate over the next few days at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

President Alberto Fernández and Foreign Minister Felipe Solá are talking during these hours about what the imminent Argentine position will be before the United Nations organizations based in Geneva. It happens that, between Monday and next Tuesday, the Human Rights Council of the organization will evaluate two resolutions on the situation in Venezuela.

The Government then analyzes supporting the statement that highlights that human rights violations are committed in Venezuela, definitions that are in the second resolution being debated and that includes the harsh report of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet presented in the middle of the year. This shows that in the Caribbean country there have been thousands of murders, torture and other human rights violations, that justice is not independent and that there are political prisoners. The other is a project sponsored by Iran and other Venezuelan allies that stipulate technical cooperation and assistance in human rights matters, which dilutes all criticism.

Still, according to what was consulted by Clarion With sources in charge of the negotiations, the Fernández government wants to leave its position strongly established that it rejects the blockades and sanctions against Venezuela as a means of pressure, as promoted by the United States.

The sources consulted indicated that the closest position to this question is that posed by the so-called International Contact Group on Venezuela, in which the European Union has a strong participation, which not only maintains that human rights abuses are committed in that country. However, the EU maintains its own sanctions scheme against Caracas and is now criticizing the legislative elections that the Maduro regime wants to carry out on December 6. The Argentine government supports them.

Now, the Government insists that it does not agree with the definitions of “Crimes against humanity” committed by the regime of Nicolás Maduro and several ministers as ruled by a mission of UN experts in September, and that Argentina supported in 2019 during the administration of Mauricio Macri, when the ambassador was Carlos Foradori.

Still, this second statement, as he learned Clarion from high sources, it would not contain the definition of “crimes against humanity” even if it incorporates the work of the mission, whose mandate must be extended or not by the countries that make up the Human Rights Council (Argentina is one) to continue investigating the abuses committed by the Chavista command in Caracas.

The Venezuelan crisis is a point of internal conflict for the government of Alberto F. The hard core that follows former president Cristina Kirchner -whose administration was allied to Chavismo- considers that Venezuela is the victim of an American crusade, and is under international siege while that the issue of human rights is not a more serious matter than the abuses in other countries of the region.

This was in fact the position put forward this week by the new ambassador to the Organization of American States, Carlos Raimundi, who asked “do not stigmatize” Venezuela. They were words cataloged as “sad” by the Undersecretary for Hemispheric Affairs of the Department of State, Kevin O ‘Reilly during a conversation with AmCham in which he participated Clarion. Raimundi had already said the same when his request to be a diplomat was discussed before the Senate in February. But now they bothered the President and the Chancellor because in their more militant than diplomatic definitions, he implied that he was also criticizing the “Bachelet report”, which should have been clarified. Placed in office by the Kirchner family, Raimundi replaced Daniel Raimondi, senior diplomat, punished for being Jorge Faurie’s vice chancellor.

Since he also took office, the government has refrained from condemning Maduro and the government at the OAS, where it is waging a “cold war” against its secretary general, Luis Almagro, whom they consider to be “at the service” of the interests of the United States. Fernández did not support his re-election at the beginning of the year

In mid-July, the Government had supported the denouncements of Bachelet’s report, but President Fernández himself received criticism from the hard core K. The pressure is coming from everywhere, since this week the United States Ambassador Edward Prado asked Solá during a lunch that for his country the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela was a concern, as well as the human rights violations. Prado also the need to support Bachelet’s work.

And on Friday Amnesty International Argentina took the same path. “Argentina must demonstrate with facts its condemnation of human rights violations in Venezuela,” said a statement advocating support for the task and the report of the High Commissioner and the continuity of the mission. “It draws attention and worries that, now, from the Argentine diplomatic sphere, the weight of these events or the responsibility of the Venezuelan government is being nuanced or relativized. We are not talking about ideologies, we are talking about thousands of victims and their families who remain helpless in their search for truth and justice, “said Mariela Belski, executive director of the international organization, alluding to Raimundi’s speech at the last OAS meeting.

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