May 16, 2022 2:21 pm

With Argentine support, the UN again condemns the Maduro regime in Venezuela

In a week of bad news for the regime of Nicolás Maduro, the UN Human Rights Council chaired by the Argentine Federico Villegas will return tomorrow to condemn human rights violations in Venezuela and demand direct actions from the Chavista leadership.

On Tuesday, the so-called Universal Periodic Review (UPR) carried out by the Council, based in Geneva, on a dozen countries did not give good results for the Venezuelan delegation. Among the dozens of countries that took on a strongly critical tone was the Argentine representative, Cristian Machuca, who asked that the regime of Mature “cooperate” with calls to bring to justice the “perpetrators” of reported human rights violations and abuses.

“The Argentine delegation recommends that Venezuela cooperate fully with the Human Rights Council and all its mechanisms, including the relevant special procedures and fully implement the recommendations made by the High Commissioner in her reports”, was the first of the recommendations listed by Machuca, in line with the requests and criticisms that the High Commissioner, the former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, has been doing to Venezuela.

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During the presentations on Tuesday, which included a tough discussion between the representatives of the United States and Cuba over the use of the word “regime” to define the Maduro government, the representative of Venezuela heard about 200 “recommendations”, which on Friday they will be presented in writing summarized in a document. Venezuela will then be able, according to high-ranking sources in the Council to THE NATION, adopt some of those recommendations; You can also promise to analyze them and give an answer in three months; or directly reject the complete report, an option that seems distant according to those who know the functioning of the organism.

If Venezuela accepts at least some of the requests, it will be a “state commitment” for which it will have to account later, diplomatic sources comment.

Chavismo's number two, Diosdado Cabello
Chavismo’s number two, Diosdado Cabello

The first reactions of the Chavista government in relation to the requests from Argentina, which were in line with the position that Villegas had while he was the Argentine representative in the Council, were of anger and reproaches. “Oh, God, when you see those things, you say oh my God! Does the International Monetary Fund put a lot of pressure? Does the World Bank push hard, President? Said yesterday God given hair, number two in the Chavista government, in a direct attack on the president Alberto Fernandez and during his program, broadcast by the state channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV). “I mean, I don’t know… if he were to review what he did [Mauricio] Macri with the human rights of Argentines would have many occupations in Argentina”, added Cabello, already venturing into national domestic politics, and perhaps anticipating a harsh response to criticism from the veteran Venezuelan representative on the Human Rights Council, Jorge Valero, in a session that is expected to be of high political tension.

The criticism that the Government has been making, on instructions from the Foreign Ministry that it heads santiago cafiero, to the government of Venezuela, coincide with those made to the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, before and after the president Daniel Ortega obtain a new re-election, with his main opponents imprisoned or exiled. The recent condemnation of Nicaragua in the OAS, in conjunction with the United States and linked to the presence of the Iranian representative Mohsen Rezai, wanted by Interpol for his role in the AMIA bombing, in Managua during the inauguration of Ortega, represented a change in the position of the Argentine representation in that organization, whose head is the former deputy Carlos Raimundi.

The Argentine representative, close to the Patria Institute, did not participate in that last vote-he replaced him Maria Cecilia Villagra-after holding for two years positions contrary to the condemnations of Venezuela, Nicaragua or Cuba, driven by the organization headed by the former foreign minister of Uruguay, Louis Almagro.

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