The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidoseverely questioned the decision of Alberto Fernández to restore diplomatic relations with the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro and accused him of having an attitude of denial human rights violations that occur in this Caribbean country.
“The best help for Venezuela, and Argentines know this because they have been through a brutal dictatorship, is to restore democracy through free and fair elections, to demand justice for the victims of crimes against humanity and to demand the return of Venezuelans to their homeland, without persecution or censorship“, raised Guaidó in a report granted to the journalist Eduardo Feinmann on the radio Miter.
And I add:The restoration of relations must be done with the interim government, with the National Assembly; a negationist attitude towards the dictatorship revictimizes the whole Venezuelan society which democratically resists”.
On Monday, Argentine President Alberto Fernández assured a press conference that he had shared with Ecuadorian leader Guillermo Lasso that he intended to restore full diplomatic relations with Maduro. In addition, he called on the rest of the countries in the region to adopt a similar path and “help” the Caribbean country to regain its full functioning.
The phrase, which was rejected by Humans Right Watch and by a member of the United States Congressgenerated speculation in Argentina about a possible meeting between Fernández himself and diplomats representing the Venezuelan dictator, which has yet to materialize.
Guaidó, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, said that the intention of the Argentine head of state reminds him of Hannah Arendt’s phrase on the banality of evil compared to the atrocities committed by Nazism.
The leader reminded Fernández that by the end of 2022, almost 9 million people will have migrated from Venezuela, a third of the population has food problems and 94.5% is below the poverty line. “Political prisoners continue, there is an open case against the human rights defender, who has serious health problems and was kidnapped by the dictatorship“, he pointed out.
“Do you think President Alberto Fernández is a Holocaust denier?” asked Feimnann. “Not to mention things by their name and to talk about solving problems is to deny reality; I invite you to call things by their name and Maduro as a dictator, this is what Venezuelans needGuaidó replied.
Systematic violation of human rights
In mid-March, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented a new oral update on the human rights situation in Venezuela. Speaking to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, he said:Since September of last year – the date of the last update until today – we have seen 93 incidents related to civic space in Venezuela, including threats”.
In her previous report, the former president of Chile had detailed that the system of abuse and torture applied by the regime of Nicolás Maduro to the population but especially to the dissent of the opposition, is still valid in Venezuela.
For her part, the director of HRW for the Americas, Tamara Taraciukcriticized Fernandez’s wishes: “The president @alferdez: Your comments on Venezuela are very worrying. We all want Venezuela to function normally again and Venezuelans to be able to return to their homeland. But it won’t happen by hiding the reality”.
And then he made a data point to deny that “the problems have cleared up”:
– Independent UN experts have documented that Venezuelan justice not only does not investigate crimes and abuses, but is complicit in them.
– The ICC Prosecutor’s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation into possible crimes against humanity.
– The security forces have committed serious abuses and have recently operated in collaboration with the ELN on the border with Colombia.
– In Venezuela today there are more than 240 political prisoners.
– Among them is Javier Tarazona, a human rights defender with serious health problems.
– The humanitarian emergency, which is not due to a natural disaster but largely to the policies of the regime, makes it difficult for millions of Venezuelans to have access to health and food. A third of Venezuelans today suffer from food insecurity.
– The exodus of approximately 6 million Venezuelans, which represents 20% of the population, will continue to increase as long as the situation in the country does not improve. UNHCR predicts it will reach 8.9 million by the end of 2022.
“You also said that Venezuela “has made progress in its electoral process”. The biggest breakthrough was allowing the European Union to observe the November 2021 elections for the first time in 15 years. The mission’s preliminary report was so lapidary that they were expelled from the country. For there to finally be free elections in Venezuela, independent observers recommend: ensuring judicial independence, ending arbitrary political disqualifications, promoting freedom of expression and self-censorship. To lead a regional response towards a democratic solution in Venezuela, President @alferdez must start from a correct diagnosis of what is happening there. Otherwise, their efforts will serve to lend legitimacy to the repressive regime of Nicolás Maduro,” Taraciuk concluded.