With the participation of the Venezuelan ambassadors in Central America, Deputy Delsa Solorzano, president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, together with sociologist Pedro Luis España, the virtual forum “Venezuela Without Rights” was held on Friday 17th, as an initiative of the international team of the office of President (E) Juan Guaidó, and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, in order to publicize the scope and importance of the report recently presented by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, as well as the results of the National Survey of Living Conditions of the Andrés Bello Catholic University.
The meeting was attended by high-level Central American government officials and the diplomatic corps accredited in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, as well as human rights non-governmental organizations and the media, and was moderated by the Venezuelan ambassador to Honduras, Claudio Sandoval.
In her speech, Congresswoman Solorzano said that “we must add the cases of torture, cruel and degrading treatment that often are not reflected in full in the presented reports.”
Solórzano also emphasized that the well-known ‘colectivos’ “are nothing more than armed terrorist groups that act under the protection of the State …, to which he added that the state security corps, which should provide peace and tranquility to the citizens, only want to guarantee the silence of the Venezuelans suffering the abuses that they experience daily.”
Congresswoman Solórzano insisted on the importance of continuing to denounce and publicize the atrocities committed by Nicolas Maduro’s criminal and shameful regime, concluding with Cicero’s phrase: “the truth is corrupted as much by lies as by silence.”
For his part, the coordinator of the ENCOVID survey, Professor Luis Pedro España, shared the results of the work done that collects data from the period 2019/2020, highlighting that: “80% of Venezuelans do not have the economic capacity to buy the basic goods basket – he said – comparing the situation in Venezuela with other nations, one can see the correlation between political fragility and the poverty rate.” According to the researcher, in Nicolas Maduro’s regime there is no real social policy, it is all rhetoric. “Even the CLAP food boxes, valued at approximately 10 dollars ($10) of which the consumer must pay three dollars ($3), are not distributed as often as the population needs”.
Ambassador Maria Farias, the representative in Costa Rica, was the third to take the floor. In her opinion, “we are live witnesses of cruel violations that compromise the life and dignity of our country, which today is kidnapped by a most brutal and cruel dictatorship”.
María Teresa Romero, the Venezuelan Ambassador in Guatemala, emphasized the importance of the international aid that Venezuela needs to solve the serious crisis it is going through: “It is impossible for Venezuela to recover without international aid (…) a crisis of the dimensions that Venezuela has cannot be solved without the summoning of the international democratic community”, she stressed.
Fabiola Zavarce, Venezuela’s ambassador in Panama, later stated: “The National Emergency Government, is then, the most immediate goal set for the interim government of President Juan Guaidó, and for which we are working, every day, inside and outside our country.”
In his speech, which closed the event, the Venezuelan ambassador to Honduras, Claudio Sandoval, summarized the objective of this series of forums organized by the international office of President Juan Guaidó’s office and the National Assembly, with the phrase of South African pacifist Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
All the speakers agreed that in order to re-institutionalize Venezuela and achieve the transformation of the country, international assistance is needed before and after political stabilization is achieved.