Deputy Virgilio Ferrer asked to set up a Joint Commission this Wednesday in the National Assembly’s ordinary session made up of the members of the Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Domestic Policy and the Amazonian Parliament, to carry out an investigation into the brutal aggression suffered by a group of Wayuu Indians, by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) on Sunday, April 12th this year.
The parliamentarian indicated that the results of the investigation will be reported to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and to the European Community office in the country.
This information was given by Ferrer, at the beginning of the debate on the systematic violation of human rights by Nicolas Maduro’s regime against political dissidents, freedom of the press and vulnerable groups in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, an item established in the agenda.
The deputy said that the Wayuu indigenous group was peacefully protesting the lack of water, electricity and domestic gas that the Guajira municipality, Guajira Parish, sector Guarero. They have been suffering for more than 15 days, but they were received with buckshot, thus violating the right to protest that all Venezuelan citizens have, he said.
“The regime wants to repress all the protests that take place daily in Venezuela because of the lack of basic services, but here were the indigenous people protesting for their rights and we are not going to stop. We have the evidence of the aggressions against our brothers and we are going to bring them before the National Assembly,” he ended.
Wayuu people suffer the effects of the economic situation in the country
In the same vein, Deputy José Luis Pirela said that the Wayuu people are suffering the effects of the economic situation in Venezuela, and in this sense, indicated that the borders are closed, therefore, the Venezuelan guajira is experiencing a serious problem of shortage in all areas.
Pirela spoke on behalf of the 16 de Julio Fraction to condemn the aggressions against the Wayuu people, especially against Lisbeth Palmar, a Wayuu woman and teacher who was wounded with a shotgun in the face for protesting the lack of basic services for a human life, such as drinking water, food, electricity and medicine. “We condemn these acts and denounce them to the international community,” he said.
Usurper regime does not guarantee food or health to citizens
The parliamentarian Liz María Márquez, representative Zulia State, remarked that Nicolás Maduro’s usurper regime once again violates the right to life from the very moment that it does not guarantee food or health to the citizens and even more so in the serious situation that the country and the whole world is living due to the COVID -19 pandemic.
“The destruction of the productive apparatus in the country does not allow it to be possible to cover the demand for food demanded by the citizens. The right to life and the right to food have caused the indigenous population to protest to demand food, but these have been violently repressed by the National Guard”.
Maduro represents the systematic violation of human rights
To conclude the debate, Deputy María Beatriz Martínez indicated that in the last few days in the country, there have been nine related acts of aggression and direct threats on radio and television stations against political and social leaders.
In the health sector, there have been 4 arbitrary detentions, among which are bio-analists, doctors and teachers, for denouncing the situation in which hospitals are in, or for reporting the danger of silencing of the true situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
She also denounced 21 attacks against journalists and media outlets, thereby violating freedom of expression and the right to communication. “Because what they want, as always, is to silence, intimidate and prevent the truth from being known,” she warned.
Martinez said at least two people have been arrested for sending a message expressing their disagreement with the regime, and that they were working for state-run companies.
The parliamentarian said that human rights violations related to the most vulnerable communities are immense. She said that these sectors, which are the majority in Venezuela, have no way of coping with continued social isolation.
She denounced that Maduro’s regime is mistreating more than 1,500 Venezuelans who are returning to the country, isolating them without guaranteeing them the necessary medical conditions to enter their respective states in good health. “Our Venezuelan brothers are welcome at this time.”
“All that is happening is clearly the systematic violation of human rights that Nicolas Maduro represents.”