The President in Charge of the Republic of Venezuela and the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, called on human rights defenders in the country to continue working tirelessly until justice is made and reaffirmed that the independent investigation process that is being carried out in The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been promoted by the testimonies of victims, relatives, human rights defenders, and NGOs.
Such statements were made by the Interim National President during the presentation of the various Reports submitted by the Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Attention to the Victims on the repeated violations of Human Rights in Venezuela during the years 2019 and 2020 .
Furthermore, Guaidó praised the work carried out by the technical and professional team of the Commission for the protection and defense of Human Rights. “The mark left by this team is precisely a guarantee, mind it, of never bowing their heads until justice is made. This is a trace of the Venezuelan identity that is reflected in these testimonies of resistance attached to the values of freedom and democracy.”
The Head of State read part of the testimonies of the Human Rights report for the years 2019-2020, where the murders perpetrated by the regime’s security forces, as well as the extrajudicial executions, and other transgressions committed by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship and waived on the grounds of being opposition protesters.
“Here we are defending Venezuela, defending our families, defending the opportunity to say we are Venezuelans and we defend our future. Our commitment to Venezuela, with the survivors, with the families, with the victims so that these atrocities are never repeated. This is our commitment,” said President Guaidó.
Humberto Prado, Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, reported that in view of the persecution carried out by the dictatorship against human and civil rights organizations, the first Draft of the Law for the Protection of Defenders of Human Rights was presented to President Juan Guaidó and stressed that it was prepared by the commissions on: civil and political rights; economic and cultural rights; vulnerable groups, litigation and international relations; migrants and attention to the citizen; regions and finally, media coordination. All of them, made up of prominent Venezuelan lawyers and students.
The opening words were offered by the Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Gustavo Tarre, who thanked the aforementioned commission for the hard work carried out in the area of human rights, he also recognized the role of the victims, their families and human rights defenders and stressed that the relationship that exists with the UN, OAS, IACHR, CPI, among other international organizations is framed in the search for justice and the preservation of human rights.
Rosivic Carrillo, Project Coordinator, formally delivered the reports to the Interim National President, Juan Guaidó, which include: protest and repression; human rights situation in indigenous communities in Venezuela; violations of the right to a healthy environment; press freedom under attack, balance of the first quarter of the year 2020; torture stories: the silent reality of the military deprived of liberty; the expanded definition of refugees under the Cartagena Declaration, among others.
Subsequently, Delsa Solórzano, deputy to the National Assembly reported that the delegation designated by the interim government to act in the ICC continues to collect information and announced that “a decision will soon take place in the case of Venezuela, in which the ICC must rule on the diverse denunciations and that will be the definitive step to begin the criminal investigation against the dictatorship.”
Similarly, the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, affirmed that with the evidence of the crimes of systematic violations of human rights and crimes against humanity committed by the dictatorship, the International Criminal Court can open a criminal investigation against those responsible and the victims can be compensated.
“In a few hours or days, we can already be in a position that Venezuela had never seen, where authorities and high-level officials of the dictatorship are accused of committing crimes against humanity,” revealed the diplomatic official who praised the courage, effort and dedication because all this would not have been possible without the NGOs, Venezuelan human rights defenders and relatives of the victims.