The report presented this Wednesday by a UN mission that links President Nicolás Maduro and his main ministers with possible “Crimes against humanity” in Venezuela is “Full of falsehoods“, Affirmed the Foreign Minister of the South American country, Jorge Arreaza, in the first official reaction to the document.
A “Report riddled with falsehoods, prepared remotely, without any methodological rigor, by a phantom mission directed against Venezuela and controlled by governments subordinate to Washington, illustrates the perverse practice of doing politics with human rights and not politics of human rights, ”Arreaza wrote on Twitter.
“We reiterate that our cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council is has generated in a coordinated and constructive manner with the Office of the High Commissioner. Progress has been noticeable and this has been recognized by Ms. @mbachelet when announcing the renewal of our relationship, ”said the official.
In July, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented a report denouncing “Arbitrary detentions, violations of due process guarantees” and cases of “torture and forced disappearances”.
On this occasion, the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela investigated 223 cases, 48 of them in depth, in a comprehensive 443 page report.
In addition, he studied 2,891 other cases to “Corroborate the patterns of rapes and crimes”, such as extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture.
The Mission “found reasonable grounds to believe that the Venezuelan authorities and security forces have planned and carried out serious human rights violations since 2014, some of which –Including arbitrary executions and the systematic use of torture– constitute crimes against humanity, “said the president of the mission, Marta Valiñas, in a statement.
Another member of the mission, the Chilean Francisco Cox, told the press that the team found evidence that Maduro had on occasions personally informed the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) who to watch and detain.
Venezuela lives since 2015 a serious political crisis, which deepened in 2019 when the opposition leader and head of parliament, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself president in charge, after declaring the “usurpation” of Maduro in office after the questioned elections of May 2018 in which the president won.
The former oil power, hit by the world’s highest inflation, is moving towards its seventh year of recession, which has forced the exodus of some 5 million Venezuelans since the end of 2015, according to the UN.