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Petitioning United Nations General Assembly

Expel Maduro from the UN Human Rights Council!

We condemn the UN decision to elect Venezuela's Maduro regime to the 47-nation Human Rights Council, for the 2020-2022 term. The Maduro regime does not deserve to be a judge on human rights. It deserves to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court for its own human rights violations. The Maduro regime routinely targets opposition leaders, including by imprisoning them and preventing their participation in elections. According to the NGO Foro Penal, as of April 2019 there were more than 900 political prisoners across Venezuela. Due process violations are commonplace, including arbitrary detention for extended periods without criminal charges. The judiciary lacks independence, generally rules in favour of the government, and is plagued by corruption. Venezuelans are suffering from a complete humanitarian meltdown which has causes 4.4 million people to flee. The catastrophic economic crisis in the country is characterized by mass hunger, epidemics and shortages of basic food and medicine. As of March 2018, it was estimated that 17% of children under the age of five were suffering moderate to severe malnutrition. The election of the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro to a human rights council is obscene. Therefore, we demand that the UN General Assembly invoke Article 8 of the Council's founding resolution and remove Venezuela's Maduro regime on account of its gross and systematic violations of human rights. More than ever, the world has to stand with the victims in Venezuela, and not with the perpetrator. _______ President of the Global Campaign to Expel Maduro from the UN Human Rights Council: Ambassador Diego Arria, former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations & President of the Security Council

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Petitioning Federica Mogherini, Nikki Haley, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson MP, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau

No to Syria as Chair of U.N. Disarmament Forum

It is obscene that Syria will become President of the United Nations disarmament forum that produced the treaty banning chemical weapons, only weeks after the Assad regime perpetrated a deadly chemical weapons attack. I urge you to protest this shameful sight and symbol by instructing your ambassador to walk out when Syria takes over the presidency from May 28 to June 24, 2018. "Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter," said Hillel Neuer of United Nations Watch. The Assad regime’s documented use of chemical weapons remains the most serious violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in the treaty’s twenty-year history. At a time right after Syria gassed its own men, women, and children to death, to see Syria heading this world body will simply shock the conscience of humanity. Under UN rules, the Syrian ambassador to the forum, Hussam Edin Aala, will help organize the work of the conference and assist in setting the agenda. Mr. Aala will exercise all functions of a presiding officer and represent the body in its relations with states, the General Assembly and other organs of the United Nations, and with other international organizations. Syria holding the president’s gavel is liable to seriously undermine the UN’s credibility, and will send absolutely the worst message. We note that the U.S. and Canada pulled out while Iran was chair in 2013, and all democracies should do so again now.

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