La Asociación para la Democracia en las Américas – ADA -apoya y firma la Solicitud de UN Wacht e Iniciativa Por Venezuela, que hace un llamamiento a los miembros de las Naciones Unidas a no asistir a la alocución del Presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU el día 12 de noviembre.
Por solidaridad con las víctimas de la represión y debido a la constante violación de los derechos humanos por parte del régimen de Maduro, resulta fundamental que ningún país democrático avale su presencia en el Consejo.
Joint Appeal for UN Member States Not to Attend
UNHRC Speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
We, the undersigned human rights activists and members of civil society, appeal to your government to show solidarity with the victims of the Venezuelan government’s gross, systematic and widespread human rights abuses, by choosing not to attend the special meeting of the Human Rights Council that has been convened for this Thursday, 12 November, to hear an address by President Nicolás Maduro.
As you know, unlike all other sessions of the Human Rights Council, the format of the special meeting requested by Venezuela is such that only President Maduro will speak, while no other voices will be heard, neither from governments or civil society.
We are grateful for the objections that were made by some members of the UNHRC Bureau, as recorded in the minutes of the November 6th meeting, including their recognition — in light of the imminent elections to be held in Venezuela — that this special meeting may give rise to negative perceptions.
The fear of negative perceptions over this special meeting is compounded by the extreme nature of Venezuela’s ongoing oppression of its people, and by Venezuela’s refusal — despite being an elected member of the Human Rights Council, and just now re-elected — to accept fact-finding visits by the Council’s own special human rights experts.
The requested UNHRC expert visits that have been rejected by Venezuela include:
· Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Visit requested in 2003; reiterated in 2009.
· Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Visit requested in November 2006; reminder in 2008.
· Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
Visit requested in 2007; reminders in 2008, 2010, and February 3, 2015.
· Special Rapporteur on independence of judges and lawyers
Visit requested in 2011, reminder on 27 March 2014.
· Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly
Visit requested on 23 September 2011; reminder on 30 October 2013.
· Working Group on arbitrary detention
Visit requested on May 13, 2011; reminders on August 6, 2013 and September 15, 2014.
· Special Rapporteur on violence against women
Visit requested on March 1, 2012.
· Special Rapporteur on torture
Visit requested in 2013.
· Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Visit requested on December 19, 2014.
Accordingly, we urge your government not to attend the UNHRC’s special meeting on Thursday, and not to legitimize the Maduro government’s record of abuse.
Thank you for your consideration.
Maria Alejandra Alvarez
Coordinator, Iniciativa Por Venezuela
Executive Director, United Nations Watch