Venezuela dismisses UN report on human rights as “war propaganda”

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For the government of Nicolás Maduro, the accusations of crimes against humanity committed by the regime are “irresponsible” and “a fraud”.

The Venezuelan government described as a “monument to war propaganda” the report of the International Mission of the United Nations Organization according to which President Nicolás Maduro and other high authorities of the country have committed crimes against humanity.

“It is something unusual, (…) it is irresponsible, it is a fraud, absolutely, and it is a monument to war propaganda,” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in a statement on Saturday about the preparation of the report that, according to denounced , was drawn up without the members of the group in charge going to Venezuela.

The International Mission commissioned by the UN to investigate the human rights situation in Venezuela has concluded that Maduro and his Interior and Defense ministers are involved in serious crimes committed by the security forces from the country.

The published report offers extensive information “that shows that state authorities – both at the presidential and ministerial levels – exercised power and supervision over the civilian and military security forces, and the agencies identified as perpetrators of the documented violations and crimes.”

“The Mission has reasonable grounds to believe that both the President and the Ministers of the Interior (Néstor Reverol) and of Defense (Vladimir Padrino) contributed to the commission of the crimes documented in this report,” the investigation’s conclusions indicate.

Arreaza compared the preparation of the report with the so-called Operation Gedeón, a failed raid attempt in which former Venezuelan military and former police officers participated together with Venezuelan contractors, calling it a “legal mercenary operation.”

For the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, the report shows that “politics is being done with human rights and not politics with human rights.”

In addition, he related the publication of the report last Wednesday to the tour of the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, through several countries bordering Venezuela, with which he is addressing the situation of the oil country, and considered that it is an act campaign before the presidential elections in which Donald Trump seeks his re-election.

This report, always in Arreaza’s opinion, “discredits the United Nations” and assured that those governments that have affirmed that “Venezuela must take” the document seriously “have fallen into a trap of that mercenary operation.

He then detailed some of the errors that, in his opinion, the report contains, such as ensuring that the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, is an “active member” of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which, he said, not true since he “publicly resigned.”

As he added, the report also ignores that Venezuela resigned from being part of the Organization of American States (OAS) and criticized that they refer to an “interim government”, in clear reference to the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president for fifty of countries and that has formed an executive without effective power.

“Which interim government?” Asked Arreaza, who affirmed that the UN recognizes Maduro as president.

The chancellor too denied ill-treatment and torture to the opposition leader Leopoldo López and to the deputy Juan Requesens, during his time in prison and showed photos, videos and audios that, according to he stressed, deny that situation.

Likewise, he denied that the police forces used lethal weapons in the opposition demonstrations and concluded that the report is “a monument to legal piracy.”

Finally, he showed two speeches by Maduro and Minister Padrino that, according to his version, show his will that there be no cases of human rights violations in the public force.

For his part, the prosecutor Saab assured that the report is “totally biased politically but very mediocre legally” which, in his opinion, has “a serious error for any human rights defender”, as is considered the same.

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