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“Ignorance or choice?”: Human Rights Watch’s response to Alberto Fernandez after saying “no more” human rights violations in Venezuela

“Ignorance or choice?”: Human Rights Watch’s response to Alberto Fernandez after saying “no more” human rights violations in Venezuela
President Alberto Fernandez. (Marcus Schreiber / REUTERS)

After the questions he received for traveling only to Jujuy province Visit Milagro SalaWho was constantly admitted to the hospital for a reason Deep venous thrombosis On his left leg, the president Alberto Fernandez In which he gave a television interview He assured that there would be no complaints of human rights violations in Venezuela. This prompted an almost immediate response Human Rights Watch (HRW)From where they rejected his statements and, on the contrary, warned of the dire situation the country was going through under Nicolas Maduro.

“For me, the human rights issue has no ideology or flag. When I realized that human rights were at stake in Venezuela, I asked the United Nations to investigate what was going on in human rights. Thank God we voted to do so because things have improved so much in Venezuela. And those complaints are no moreFernandez promised last night C5N.

However, for that Tamara Tarasiyuk, Director of the HRW for the United States, said the reality experienced by the Venezuelan people was completely contrary to what the president had described, and he stated it through his Twitter account. President Fernandes said today that “complaints about human rights violations in Venezuela are no more.” Ignorance or choice?Reads Taraciuk’s tweet, he also shared the words exposed by the former President of Chile during his statement yesterday regarding repeated complaints about human rights violations in the Caribbean.

When Update on its report on the human rights situation in VenezuelaBachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed “concern” over the result “166 Unnecessary restrictions on democracy and civic space, including stigma, criminalization and threats against dissenting voices.” Documented by his task force in the Venezuelan territory.

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I reiterate my demand for the immediate and full release of all detainees. In particular, those arbitrarily detained by the United Nations Task Force on arbitrary detention, and those who have been sentenced or released on parole, ”Bachelet urged the Maduro regime.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

On complaints about freedom of expression, Bachelet spoke “34 harassment cases, censorship and confiscation of media equipment, as well as cases of blocking of media websites”.

Finally, he warned: “There is concern about the use of organized criminal law against the work of counter-terrorism and human rights defenders and the media. These practices should be discontinued.”.

Contrary to what Fernandes said, today Argentina’s UN Security Council Federico VillegasRecognized that “The human rights situation in Venezuela continues to be critical.”

We echo the recommendations of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet. “Immediate, independent, impartial, transparent and credible investigations into alleged human rights abuses, guaranteeing justice to those responsible and adequate compensation for the victims are guaranteed,” said Villagas, who chaired the UN Human Rights Council this year.

In the same way, he added: “We urge Venezuela to continue its cooperation with the OHCHR by establishing a permanent office in the countries that facilitate the implementation of recommendations from UN agencies and treaties, special procedures and international means of protection of human rights. The third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review.”. Finally, the Argentine ambassador argued for the “removal of unilateral sanctions”.

In the current context of human rights concerns, Venezuela is also mired A deep health crisisThe reason The Venezuelan Medical Association (FMV) has demanded a meeting with dictator Maduro.

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More than 95% of technical shutdowns are due to hospital facilities being abandoned, neglected, medical equipment, work equipment, surveillance, electricity, water, elevators, supplies and medicines.“, Confirmed by the head of FMV, Douglas Leon NadoraQuoted in a press release.

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