The president of the Human Rights Observatory and deputy of the National Assembly, Adriana Pichardo, assured that the report of the UN Fact-Finding Commission exposes the persecution and clandestinity in the detention centers, where they exercise cruel and inhuman treatment, in addition to violating due process for their victims.
“In Venezuela, human rights are systematically violated and crimes against humanity are committed. The UN report consists of 446 pages full of truths and testimonies of the brave victims who, thanks to their courage, were able to give precise content with facts about what we have been denouncing for years.”
Pichardo stressed that this report makes clear the links between the acts of corruption of the usurper regime and the violation of human rights in the country. She added that the illegitimate ANC was used by the dictatorship to persecute the legitimate deputies of the only legally constituted power in the country.
“Today there are 162 military political prisoners but also hundreds of civilians, there are more than 300 Venezuelans kidnapped by the dictatorship. She also urged the international community to act on the report and requested that the investigation mission on the violation of human rights in the country be extended for another year in order to be able to monitor the reality in Venezuelan prisons.”
For her part, Deputy Karin Salanova informed parliament that once again the Ombudsman’s Office is in category B (second class). She added that this institution, with 20 years of existence, has never pronounced itself in relation to the violations of the fundamental rights of Venezuelans.
Salanova explained that the evaluation is made based on the Paris Principles and one of the things that this institution must offer is the necessary guarantees for the pluralism of its composition, independence, and she considered that these principles are not part of the Venezuelan Ombudsman’s Office.
The parliamentarian recalled that once again Venezuela is in category B due to the complicit silence of the institutions taken over by the regime, and for not guaranteeing citizens their human rights. She also warned that the Ombudsman’s Office is not complying with the constitutional mandate, which is the protection of all Venezuelans.