The Presidential Commissioner for the United Nations, Miguel Pizarro, condemned the suffering of the indigenous peoples of Venezuela, who are abandoned by the State.
“Among the atrocities that take place under the complicit gaze of the regime the most affected are indigenous women and children,” he assured that they must survive malnutrition, sexual and labor exploitation, and slavery.
Mr. Pizarro pointed out to the information provided by the NGO ‘SOS Orinoco’ and the ‘UCAB Human Rights Center’ on the Mining Arc and the lack of official data on the complaints of labor and sexual exploitation of adolescent women and girls in the municipalities south of the Orinoco river.
“The ‘Arco Minero’ has no ethical consideration regarding its social and cultural impacts. It promotes prostitution, slave labor, child labor, and fundamentally the social breakdown of the indigenous peoples,” said the SOS Orinoco organization.
Last Monday, the Commissioner expressed that the ‘Arco Minero’ evidences the negligence of the State to protect women, adolescents and girls, especially women and children of the indigenous peoples, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to illegal mining and the illegal armed groups that operate there.
“In open-pit mines you also find women raising and lowering people in the extraction pit, carrying bags of materials weighing 45 kilos and up, exposed to extraction gases and mercury-contaminated waters,” he said.