In December 2017, Human Rights Watch confirmed that Venezuela had fallen into dictatorship under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.There have been numerous reports of Maduro’s human rights violations, although Venezuela still has seats in the UN Human Rights Council during the 2016-2018 term.
Below is the evolution of the Venezuelan crisis as of Friday 21 June 2019:
The visit to Venezuela by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, is criticized as “useless” and can be done online, instead of going to this South American country, according to PanAm Post. .
The newspaper said Ms Bachelet had followed the agenda controlled by the Maduro government and did not go to field surveys at facilities such as prisons and hospitals. B
à met with representatives of the two factions, the government of Maduro and the opposition group headed by Parliament President Juan Guaido. However, she was criticized for only listening to stories through her desk, and did not leave the capital of Caracas to observe the situation in the country.
PanAm said, “It took 17 years for a high-ranking UN human rights official to visit Venezuela” and should have made a visit of this kind, more dedication and more than 4 days.
Protests broke out in eastern Caracas on Friday, on Ms Bachelet’s third day in Venezuela.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the UN representative office in Venezuela to denounce the Maduro government’s “crimes”, including illegal killings, and detention of hundreds of political prisoners and others. journalist.
“Bachelet, don’t be fooled, this is a dictatorship!”, The protesters shouted. Protesters also asked Ms Bachelet to visit Maracaibo, a city in northern Venezuela, where chronic power outages and severe fuel shortages led to devastation of city services, as well as security and health. and all the right things in people’s daily life.
Besides, the protesters also held up signs that demanded the release of Venezuelan Congressman Juan Requesens, who had been detained since August 2018, on charges of plotting to assassinate Maduro.
The UN Human Rights Council has long been criticized for formal work, with many members of the Human Rights Council being a serious human rights abuser, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Qatar, Venezuela, Cuba and China.
For this reason, the administration of President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from this organization on June 19, 2018.