The OAS supports the UN report on Venezuela and calls for “accountability”

The organization supported the harsh document on serious human rights violations committed by the Nicolás Maduro regime.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday expressed its “support” for the report published by the United Nations on crimes against humanity in Venezuela, while calling for “accountability.”

In a statement, the OAS explained that the findings and recommendations issued by the United Nations in this regard are “consistent” with the content of a report published by the organization in 2018.

In this regard, the OAS report also identifies the chain of command of these crimes, 11 officials for their immediate political responsibility and another 146 subordinates for executing orders.

Based on this report, six states that are part of the Rome Statute referred the case of Venezuela to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and requested an investigation on September 26, 2018, the OAS has highlighted.

In addition, the organization insisted that the recommendations made by the United Nations are also aligned with other work on Venezuela issued on June 22, 2018 by the then United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al Hussein.

He argues that “given that the State does not seem to have the capacity or the will to prosecute those responsible for the serious human rights violations, there are solid reasons to consider a greater involvement of the International Criminal Court in this matter.”

In this context, the OAS highlighted “the delays” in terms of “accountability” in Venezuela. “In terms of Human Rights, the speed of the actions of the organizations dedicated to their defense is urgent. It is, literally, a matter of life and death,” he emphasized.

In his opinion, “Venezuela is a failed and fragmented State, both in its territorial and administrative dimensions.” “The responsibility for these crimes extends to those foreign operators and agents, especially Cubans who operate in Venezuela in tasks of repression, torture and intelligence as has been pointed out by victims of the regime,” he added.

Thus, the OAS also alluded to its “concern” over the “presence of representatives of the (Nicolás) Maduro dictatorship in the United Nations Human Rights Council.”

“The incongruity could not be more noticeable in light of the report recently presented by the Council itself,” he criticized, and called on the international community “to act” about.

The organization has also considered that it is “necessary” that the international community “cease to grant the regime legitimation options for the clearly fraudulent elections, as certain international actors have done, acting in coordination with local political actors who are accomplices of the dictatorship.”

The body thus referred to the legislative calls convened by the Maduro regime for December, with which the president seeks to regain control of Parliament, now in opposition hands. The elections are rejected by the opposition, which decided to boycott them and not appear, although another sector does want to participate although it asks to postpone them to give guarantees of transparency.

According to the OAS, “it is absurd to think that criminals against humanity who repress and eliminate opposition and dissent can organize free and fair elections.” “It is also absurd to say that those who participate in the elections can come to be considered as fragmented opposition, collaboration with the dictatorship makes them part of the dictatorship, not of the opposition,” he added.

“It is not a time for ambiguity, it is a time for justice; it is not a time to find terms of coexistence with the Venezuelan dictatorship, it is time to reestablish democracy in the country,” he concluded.

The UN experts, who have not been able to visit Venezuela due to the refusal of the Executive of (Nicolás) Maduro to facilitate their investigations, have investigated more than two hundred cases and have concluded, in a report of 443 pages, that they have been committed extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture in the South American country.

In this sense, it concludes that both the government and related groups have committed “flagrant” violations of human rights, to the point that patterns “coordinated” with State policies and systematically maintained have been identified, which would be equivalent to crimes against humanity, within the framework of a pattern whose ramifications extend to Maduro and for which the intervention of the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be requested.


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