María Corina Machado, coordinator of Vente Venezuela and leader of the Venezuelan opposition, addressed the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) this Friday. During her speech she referred to the situation of the South American country and assured that the last report of this organization explained the non-compliance of the rule of law in that country.
“The latest report of the independent fact-finding mission on Venezuela evidences what we all know: in Venezuela there is no justice, there is no respect for the law. The Chavista socialist regime, like any totalitarian regime, has set out to subdue justice. Justice does not exist to defend citizens but to oppress them,” said Machado.
Likewise, the opposition leader pointed out that the investigation of the International Criminal Court on human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by the regime of Nicolás Maduro must continue.
“This report demonstrates the horrors committed against civilians and military using justice. It shows that there will be no justice as long as the regime remains in power. It also shows that the International Criminal Court must move forward in the investigation for crimes against humanity,” Machado maintained.
María Corina Machado on the negotiations
Finally, she considered unacceptable that there are people who are pushing to obstruct the investigation process based on the negotiations that are being held between the regime and some members of the Venezuelan opposition.
“It is unacceptable that deceitful negotiations seek to obstruct this process. My appreciation to the human rights defenders; to the relatives of the victims and to the victims for their courage and dignity. In Venezuela there will be justice and the truth cannot be erased. My appreciation to them who will never accept that justice be negotiated,” she assured.
On September 16, the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela concluded that judges and prosecutors have played a major role in “serious human rights violations” against opponents of Nicolás Maduro.
“Shortcomings in the justice system have gone hand in hand with a pattern of serious human rights violations and crimes under international law in the context of a state policy to silence, discourage and stifle opposition to the government since 2014,” the report pointed out.