Human rights teams welcome two-year extension of UN mission, which Caracas condemns as ‘designed for interventionism’.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has renewed the mandate of its fact-finding mission in Venezuela, an initiative Caracas considers an aggressive software for interfering in home issues.
The mandate to increase the Worldwide Unbiased Reality-Discovering Mission for Venezuela (FFM) for 2 extra years was permitted by 19 votes to 5 towards and 23 abstentions throughout a Council session in Geneva on Friday.
The UN mission was first created in 2019 to look into alleged human rights violations within the nation.
These opposed have been Cuba, Bolivia, China, Eritrea and Venezuela itself, whose consultant to the Council, Ambassador Hector Fixed Rosales, dubbed the decision “hostile”.
Venezuelan Overseas Minister Carlos Faria stated on Twitter that the FFM’s extension was “a brand new assault towards Venezuela”.
The mission “is designed for interventionism and for the falsification of actuality. This fee is a political instrument for probably the most brazen defamation on issues of human rights“, he added.
In September, the mission’s third report discovered that state intelligence companies underneath President Nicolas Maduro’s helm had suppressed the opposition by way of arbitrary detentions and torture that amounted to crimes towards humanity.
The intelligence companies “made use of sexual and gender-based violence to torture and humiliate their detainees” since at the least 2014 and “the violations and crimes … proceed to at the present time”, the report stated.
The Venezuelan government responded that the report’s accusations have been “false and unfounded”.
Venezuela is a “democratic and social state, primarily based on the rule of regulation and justice, which is dedicated to the promotion, respect and safety of human rights”, the federal government stated.
Human rights teams welcomed the FFM’s extension.
“Amnesty Worldwide welcomes the renewal of the Reality-Discovering Mission on #Venezuela as an indication of assist for the numerous victims of grave human rights violations which have been, and proceed to be, dedicated within the nation” stated @ErikaGuevaraR https://t.co/udCjIQYFJw
— amnestypress (@amnestypress) October 7, 2022
The renewal is a “signal of assist for the numerous victims of grave human rights violations which have been, and proceed to be, dedicated within the nation,” Amnesty Worldwide’s Americas Director Erika Guevara Rosas stated on Twitter.
Human Rights Watch referred to as the FFM’s extension “extraordinarily necessary” and stated it performs “an early warning function within the lead-up to the 2024 presidential elections”.