The Ombudsmen of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru spoke in unison to urge their governments and the society of their nations to adopt in a clear, efficient and timely manner contingent measures of humanitarian support to Venezuelans fleeing Maduro’s regime.
“We urge to promote the construction of public policies with a human rights approach, which allow the effective and compassionate integration of those who, despite their circumstances, choose to settle temporarily or permanently in our countries,” they said through a joint a statement.
The ombudsmen required their governments to not disproportionately deploy military and police teams as a measure to discourage the displacement of migrants, in order to avoid acts that promote their rejection in the host population. They called on their nations to respect the human dignity of Venezuelans, as well as the host populations, require as migrants and in need of international protection.
“Our nations are united by a common historical, social and cultural link, which arises from our origins and reflects the principles on which our constitutional systems are built (…) we require sensitivity and empathy with our brothers in vulnerable conditions,” they affirmed.
In addition, they asked their governments to promote exceptional and accessible migration regularization processes to grant a temporary or permanent status to migrants who, within countries, face fragile and limiting conditions for their survival. “We urge the homologation of these policies at the regional level, by virtue of the circumstances that Venezuela is experiencing and as the state of origin of the diaspora,” they declared.
Finally, they assured that the promotion of joint actions with all levels of civil society, public entities and international cooperation organizations, to raise awareness about the problem of migration and its protagonists, to allow the cultivation of a true culture of peace and human rights.