The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims rejects the attack this Wednesday November 18th, night on a group of ethnic Yukpa, in the vicinity of the Miraflores Palace, specifically in the Llaguno Bridge, where they gathered to protest. Approximately 300 Yukpa gathered in the place to express their discontent with the administration of Nicolás Maduro, denouncing that their rights have been deeply violated and it is increasingly common to see them in the city, asking for help to survive.
During the demonstration, there was a struggle between officials of the Bolivarian National Police and the Yukpa and four members of this ethnic group were injured, including a woman who had to be transferred to a health center.
The right to protest is enshrined in Art. 68 of our constitution and establishes that: “Citizens have the right to demonstrate, peacefully and without arms, without any other requirements than those established by law. The use of firearms and toxic substances in the control of peaceful demonstrations is prohibited. The law shall regulate the actions of the police and security forces in the control of public order.”
“This new aggression against our native peoples, who only claim solutions for the health and education problems faced by the indigenous population, was silenced with violence.”
The preschool in the area has been closed for two years and the health centers, destined for the Perijá area, are only partially operational. Broadly speaking, this group wants to be heard and instead, the regime denies them access. However, despite the repression, they stated that they will remain firm in their requests.
Our Commission is documenting a statement before regional and international human rights monitoring organizations, mainly the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights led by Commissioner of the IACHR Antonia Urrejola Noguera Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Office of the High United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.
Specifically, we request that the de facto government be required to comply with the following points:
1- That the people who make up the Yukpa group of indigenous people be cared for by the regime.
2- That the regime guarantee the rights to life and integrity of all the Yukpa and the right to peaceful demonstration .
3- That it investigate with due diligence, in order to determine the responsibility of the aggressors and that the pertinent sanctions are applied to them.