Expert Criticizes report of HR High Commissioner against Venezuela

Caracas, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) The report issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on the alleged situation in Venezuela lacks credibility and objectivity, said Alfred De Zayas, independent expert of the aforementioned multilateral organism.

The professor of International Law told the local press to be concerned about the credibility of the office by not showing neutrality, or objectivity, a methodology required not only to the High Commissioner, but also to the Courts of any public body that develops an investigation.

De Zayas commented that after visiting the South American country in 2017 with the UNHCR with the purpose of reporting on the existing reality, those in charge of writing the final document omitted the references made by him.

‘Both the office and a number of non-governmental organizations present on the tour, wanted me to do only one thing, to condemn the Venezuelan government as confirmation of the existence of a humanitarian crisis,’ he denounced.

Also, the specialist said that his mission in relation to the trip was to know the situation and if necessary help solve a problem of alleged violations of human rights in Venezuela.  However, De Zayas described the Venezuelan goverment’s role toward human rights as favorable. He said he will demand to state his opinion as a member and former secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee.

The manipulated document describes the acts of political violence unleashed by the Venezuelan opposition and its allies of the United States Government between the months of April to July 2017, where 121 people died and another 1, 958 were injured.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza, the Executive rejected the report’s interference and described it as a gesture of disparagement of the institutionalization and the international legal framework.

He stated that Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner of Human Rights of the UN, when presenting the text confirms his complicity with the multiform aggression that is underway against Venezuela. In addition, he is silent in the face of the negative impact on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights generated by the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US President, Donald Trump, and ignores the broad UN doctrine on this subject.

Despite the permanent aggression, the foreign minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to human rights in the terms established in the Venezuelan Constitution and the international treaties validated, signed and ratified by the nation.

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