The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Venezuela (MESEVE) urged Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship not to criminalize Venezuelan migrants returning to the country and to protect their human rights in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The IACHR and MESEVE reject the militarization of borders, stigmatizing speeches and the criminalization of returnees due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the organization wrote through its Twitter account
In this sense, the IACHR warned that “these measures tend to promote discrimination and worsen the vulnerability of displaced persons.”
In addition, they expressed their concern “at the information received about the places designated to comply with isolation measures in states such as Táchira, which would be overcrowded and would not have constant drinking water or sufficient or adequate food.”
For this reason, the IACHR reminded Maduro’s dictatorship of its obligations to protect human rights and urged it to implement the recommendations of resolution 01/20, on the management of the pandemic and the protection of human rights in Latin America, as well as the Inter-American Principles including guaranteeing the return of people by air and land.
#Venezuela🇻🇪 La @CIDH/#MESEVE rechaza la militarización de fronteras, los discursos estigmatizantes y la criminalización de retorno por la pandemia #COVIDー19. Estas medidas tienden a promover la discriminación y agravar la vulnerabilidad de las personas desplazadas. #Migración 1
— CIDH – IACHR (@CIDH) July 21, 2020