Last Monday began the 46th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and on Friday took place the oral update over item 2 carried out by the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.
The Commissioner for the United Nations, Miguel Pizarro, explained that this item discusses, among other issues, the human rights situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as agreed in resolution A/HRC /RES/45/2 approved in September 2020, which pertains to cooperation and the letter of understanding signed between the Venezuelan State and the Office of the High Commissioner.
In her update the High Commissioner assured that her Office had access only to five detention centers and insisted that other visits by her Office to prisons be organized in the country, including military prisons and intelligence services detention centers. On the other hand, she also noted the precarious conditions of these centers in which she ensures that there is no adequate access to food and water, as well as regular contact with family members and defense lawyers and asks “that these practices should be standardized.”
“I continue to promote additional visits from other mandates this year to focus on a wide range of human rights problems,” Bachelet commented on the visit of other rapporteurs and working groups to verify the Venezuelan reality.
Next Wednesday, March 10th, the update of item 4 is expected, which according to what was agreed in resolution HRC/45/20, will address the human rights situation in Venezuela and, as commented by Commissioner Pizarro: “it will request the High Commissioner to comply with the recommendations made by her Office in previous reports, as well as to continue making exhaustive reports that include a detailed assessment of the application of the recommendations of her previous reports.”
That same day, the report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will also be updated, whose mandate was renewed for two years last September, in order to investigate violations of the human rights since 2014 and ensure full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims.
Similarly, Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern at the militarization of the borders in Peru, Chile and Ecuador, which affects millions of Venezuelan migrants and refugees.
“Our gratitude to the representatives of Colombia, Ukraine, Australia, Norway, the US and Spain for their interventions on the situation of human rights in Venezuela,” commented Pizarro through his social network accounts.
The general debate on item 2 will continue on Monday, March 1st at 10:00 am Geneva time and 5:00 am Venezuela time.