The government of Venezuela it denied the entry into the country of a delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and the organization said on Tuesday (4) that the Chavista regime does not want to open itself to international scrutiny in the field of human rights.
The President of the IACHR, Esmeralda Arosemena, Abrão and the rapporteur for freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, said that when they were about to board, the Panamanian airline Copa did not allow them to board the plane because of Caracas’ refusal to leave. them enter the country.
“The IACHR delegation had planned to observe the human rights situation in the country on the ground,” said the autonomous body linked to the Organization of American States (OAS).
In Panama, members of the organization rejected by Caracas said that Venezuela’s refusal to receive a delegation from the commission shows Nicolás Maduro’s fear that the reality of the country is known.
“We interpret this measure by the (Venezuelan) government as something that represents a fear, it is typical for authoritarian regimes not to be open to international scrutiny in the field of human rights,” said Paulo Abrão, executive secretary of the IACHR.
He added that “if there is an attempt by the government to hide something, it will not achieve its objectives because the Commission will access these testimonies and information and we will document it”.
Arosemena said the IACHR has prepared a “plan B”, which consists of moving to the Colombian border city of Cúcuta to meet with Venezuelan organizations on Thursday (6) and Friday (7).
In 2019, the Maduro government withdrew its OAS-accredited diplomats, who in turn are unaware of the legitimacy of the Venezuelan president’s second term, which began on January 10, 2019, after considering that his re-election did not have the necessary guarantees.
Republican senator Marco Rubio said on the same social network that Maduro’s government “once again shows its cowardice before an international body” and asked the international community to condemn this “trample”.
See report on the OAS relationship with Venezuela.
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