The President of the Special Commission for Justice and Peace of the National Assembly, Delsa Solórzano, reiterated that in Venezuela “all human rights are violated at the same time.”
During her participation in the virtual meeting “Status of the violation of human rights in Venezuela”, the parliamentarian described as “terrible” the crimes against humanity documented and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“I have the honor to represent nearly 200 victims who have presented their cases to the ICC, ranging from murder to torture against a specific population and for specific reasons,” she said.
Ms. Solórzano participated in the forum with Elisa Trotta, representative of the National Assembly in Argentina; Brian Shapira, academic advisor of CADAL and Rafael Uzcátegui, Director of the NGO Provea.
She assured that “there are well-founded reasons to consider that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela. At the same time, Maduro’s regime is accused of drug trafficking and terrorism, that is, we are under the yoke of a military dictatorship, accused of drug trafficking and terrorism.”
Ms. Solórzano also described as “shameful” the decision of the president of Argentina to withdraw the lawsuit before the ICC, “that violates the principles of any nation that has gone through a dictatorship such as Argentina, it is part of the regime’s strategy to try to prove that the crimes that have been committed in Venezuela are human rights violations and not crimes against humanity.”
“We know that this is not endorsed by Argentina as a nation, a nation that has been the victim of a dictatorship and human rights violations. This does not represent the sentiment of that sister nation that has opened its arms to the Venezuelans who have fled this dictatorship.
For his part, Rafael Uscátegui, director of the NGO Provea, assured that the regime seeks to normalize the crisis in the country, “that the situation of violation of human rights disappears from the headlines.”
“In Venezuela, these violations have not disappeared, as Fernández said, on the contrary they have worsened with the arrival of the coronavirus,” he said.
He said that they are expecting the ICC investigation phase to begin, “it would be a historic decision because it would be the first time that the International Criminal Court has opened an investigation in Latin America.”
Uzcátegui clarified that for them – the NGO – who have met with the designated commissioner in Venezuela “we can say that the presence of the Human Rights Commission is insufficient to stop the violation of human rights.”
“Despite the presence of the High Commissioner, the situation has worsened in terms of human rights. The coronavirus has been an opportunity to apply control mechanisms over society,” he remarked.
He pointed out that since the arrival of COVID-19, 123 opposition leaders, 68 media workers, 27 civil society defenders have been detained, “all of whom had been making the crisis visible during the pandemic.”