Today, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Miguel Pizarro, participated in the forum “Human Rights in Venezuela. A global vision of the Venezuelan conflict.” At the forum, the Commissioner spoke about the human rights situation in Venezuela, in which he stated: “What has been happening within the UN system is a paradigm shift in how Venezuela was seen within the multilateral system. Our country is now subject to special procedures such as the Fact-Finding Mission and subject to the evaluation of the human rights situation.”
He also commented that the set of updates carried out in the Human Rights Council by the High Commissioner for the United Nations, Michelle Bachelet, explains elements such as: “the democratic space, is the first time that the Human Rights Council evaluates the situation of this concept, which involves civil and political rights, freedom of expression, rights of association, and the right to elect. Under this paradigm it has been possible to analyze that the more than 120 rulings against the National Assembly have destroyed the institutional capacity in Venezuela”.
He also commented that High Commissioner Bachelet gave her firm opinion regarding the decision of the illegal Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) regarding the appointment of the authorities of the National Electoral Council through a judicial process, without any consensus of the political parties, without respect for the procedures and undermining the democratic space.
On the other hand, Pizarro explained that this report also speaks of the difficulty that victims of human rights violations or their relatives have in accessing justice, as well as political prisoners or opponents of the regime. It also shows “how detainees are isolated, can spend days blindfolded and handcuffed, and are subjected to beatings and electrocutions on their eyelids or genitals, asphyxiation with plastic bags and chemicals, as well as harassment of their families and denial of access to justice.
Pizarro concluded his speech by emphasizing that in the OHCHR report: “There are sufficient elements to affirm that armed elements, irregular groups, guerrilla groups, and groups outside the law in arms control are the ones who have control over the economic activity and the territorial area of the Orinoco Mining Arc. There are mafias composed by irregular groups and irregular elements and the Armed Forces to maintain this ecosystem that has replicated the model of organization of the ‘pranato’ (mega gangs). That, in addition, are responsible for the indigenous (people) massacres, the destruction of ancestral lands, labor exploitation, human trafficking and the exploitation of women for sexual and criminal purposes”.