Intervention of Chancellor Jorge Arreaza in the 39th Period of Sessions of the Human Rights Council. PDF Imprimir E-mail

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Intervention of Chancellor Jorge Arreaza in the 39th Period of Sessions of the Human Rights Council.

Monday, September 10, 2018.

Thank you, Mr. President
Welcome High Commissioner, President Bachelet.

First of all, thanks to the independent expert Livingstone Sewanyana.
We would have liked some particular mention to be made about his trip and the report of the dossier of the independent expert Alfred de Zayas on his trip to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as well as to Ecuador.

However, we have to thank Alfred de Zayas for the courage to have traveled to Venezuela, despite the attacks that received, even before arriving in Venezuelan territory, deserving his work to be done, and even receiving personal attacks.

Contrast this report on his visit to Venezuela with the reports that has been issued so far by the High Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights.
It is an objective report, from our point of view; yes well we do not agree with all of the recommendations and what's there, but it's an impartial focus, a worthwhile approach for all to study in the specific case of Venezuela, which is in the forefront of the means of communication permanently in the world.
It was not a selective report, it was not a report with a determined politics position, nor to try to intervene in the internal affairs of the countries he visited.

The independent expert De Zayas had free access, free mobility; he met with the civil society; met with the Government authorities; met with the opposition factors; met with victims of political violence in Venezuela; He met with the detainees for having carried out, the families of the detainees who carried out the violence politics in Venezuela. He had full freedom to be in contact with all the actors.
The only obstacles he had -as we say- are those of those who tried to prevent his visit, and that once the he did it, attacked him permanently so he would not say his version: its version on the objective reality of what happens in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Actors and interests "Interested" (forgive the redundancy) in trying to use the theme of human rights to intervene in Venezuela; in trying to sow the matrix of the "humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela, with the objective of promoting a multilateral, international intervention in Venezuela, violating its sovereignty.
The expert Alfred de Zayas concludes in his report that in Venezuela there is no humanitarian crisis; in Venezuela there is an economic crisis, mainly due to the unilateral coercive measures, of the sanctions, both of the United States and the European Union, which aggravate the economic situation in Venezuela.
The expert Alfred de Zayas could also have knowledge direct model of the guarantee of human rights in Venezuela, which despite the measures and the financial blockade, despite the media campaign against Venezuela, continues.

In his words, he said "I observed," said de Zayas, "the eradication of illiteracy, free education from primary school until the university, programs to reduce extreme poverty, delivery of housing to people in situations of vulnerability and homeless, gradual elimination of privileges and the discrimination, and an expansion of medical care for all and for all.
Alfred de Zayas confirmed the multiform aggression, integral, against the Venezuelan economy, from what they call the sanctions, which are not sanctions, because they have no moral to sanction anyone from the government of the United States, but they are unilateral, coercive measures, outside the framework of public international law, to force a change of regime, even with the threat of military option, on the part of the own president of the United States, Donald Trump, who has been confirming, even from information in the American media in the latter week, as well as by spokesmen of the US government, the plans to intervene in Venezuela, to promote a military coup, to disturb our democracy, and even to a military intervention in Venezuela. Maybe Venezuela has too much oil, too much gas, too much wealth, and that puts it in the objective of the great capitalist interests of the world.

The expert said in his report: "In order to discredit certain governments maximize their shortcomings in the field of human rights to make more acceptable its violent overthrow. Human rights are being becoming a weapon against rivals, even though they constitute the legacy of every human being and they should never be instrumentalized as weapons of demonization ".
In the economic aggression against Venezuela the report of De Zayas recognizes the artificial manipulation of the international price of oil, the alteration of country risk, the attack on the Venezuelan currency, the contraband of extraction. And to all this sum - As we have already said, the unilateral coercive measures of United States and the European Union.
It is a great cynicism, of those who block Venezuela, then to offer humanitarian aid. I mean: I hang you and then I pretend to be your savior.

This Council has recognized that unilateral measures are contrary to international law, to the Charter of the United Nations and the norms and principles that regulate peaceful relations between States. He has also recognized how these unilateral coercive measures hamper, hinder and prevent the full enjoyment of human rights.
Alfred de Zayas said in this report, in this report: "The effects of the Obama and Trump sanctions, as well as the unilateral measures by Canada and the European Union have directly and indirectly aggravated the shortage of medicines like insulin and anti-retroviral. The sanctions can be considered crimes against humanity ".
In the recommendations given by the independent expert De Zayas even suggests that the International Criminal Court should take into consideration the effects of the sanctions, the unilateral coercive measures such as crimes against humanity, and that the International Justice System must take position and take action against these unilateral measures.

We denounce these measures and request on behalf of the people of Venezuela, on behalf of President Maduro - and now more, with this report that corroborates it-, the cessation of the aggression to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; political aggression, economic aggression, threat of use of military force, aggression media against our country.
It is assumed that it is the States that have to collaborate; they are States that have to cooperate with each other.
The expert's report has a constructive approach, although we insist that we do not agree in all its parts and recommendations; but it is of great value to study with objectivity the Venezuelan reality.
The function of the Universal Human Rights System is that among all of us let's build and cooperate in the design and implementation of policies to consolidate the progress and overcome the challenges that may exist in terms of human rights.

Experience shows that there are no concrete or positive results if you take the path of pointing, the way to defame without foundation, without rigor, as the reports of the High Commissioner, so far, have shown.

We ratify once again the commitment of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the Universal System of Human Rights.
We reaffirm once again our desire for cooperation and collaboration, both with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as, of course, our leading role in this Human Rights Council, and we thank you, once more, the participation and courage that the independent expert had on the promotion of a democratic international order and fair, Alfred De Zayas.
Thank you very much.


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