UN report on Venezuela

The historic visit of Michelle Bachelet to Venezuela had potential, but the report, written by the same secretariat that did the reports of Zeid, is fundamentally flawed and disappointing


It is a missed opportunity, because Venezuela has requested and needs advisory services and technical assistance, but in good faith


I would recommend to the AC to replace the team assisting her and ensure that the new team works professionally and with impartiality


It is unprofessional for the UN staff to ignore or not give appropriate weight to the submissions by Fundalatin, Grupo Sures, the Red Nacional de Derechos Humanos, and the specific answers provided by the government


The main principle guiding any honest researcher or investigator is audiatur et altera pars. All sides must be heard.


The report should also have focussed on the criminality of the repeated attemps at a coup d’etat.  Latin America has suffered too many right wing coups.


There is nothing more undemocratic than a coup.


The report should have recalled the human rights retrogression of Pedro Carmona in 2002 and the content of the Carmona Decree, likely to be replicated by several  right wing opposition leaders.


The report of the AC to the HR council gives scarce attention to the central problem– the financial blockade and sanctions that cause so much suffering and death


Venezuela’s problems can all be solved, but first the criminal US sanctions must be lifted. See report by Prof Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot.


Venezuela’s human rights deficits can be fixed through dialogue and cooperation.  The UN Secretary General and Michelle Bachelet should mediate

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18 thoughts on “UN report on Venezuela

  1. Reblogged this on Dreams of the Common Man and commented:
    Article by former UN Human Rights expert Alfred Dezayas, reporting on and commenting on the recent visit by Michelle Bachelet to Venezuela.

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