Expel Maduro from the UN Human Rights Council!
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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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