translated from Spanish: IACHR: Maduro expresses «fear» in «hiding» HRD crisis in Venezuela

Panama.- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Tuesday assessed that the «de facto Government» of Nicolás Maduro demonstrated that it seeks to «hide» the «serious crisis» of human rights in the country by preventing entry into a mission of the continental body.» We interpret» that the impediment of arrival and entry to Venezuela «represents a fear and like they want to hide something. It is typical of authoritarian regimes not to open the ywe to scrutiny of human rights organizations,» the IACHR’s executive secretary, Paulo Abrcao, told journalists in the Panamanian capital.

He is a part of the IACHR delegation led by the body’s president, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, who was unable to board the flight to Caracas in Panama due to a blockade by the Maduro government, which had already made it clear that he had «never at no time» invited Venezuela to the Commission.» For us» the refusal to let the IACHR mission enter «reaffirms what we have said: there is a crisis in the field of the rule of law, there is an institutional crisis and it is important that the International Community is aware of this,» said Arosemena.La chairof the IACHR which has not been able to reach Venezuela, a country that the Commission has not visited for 17 years.

The president of the IACHR, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, holds a press conference on Tuesday in Panama City. / EFE.

The agenda of the IACHR’s mission in Venezuela has been preparing since last July «in order to have access on the ground to the human rights situation of many people: children, adolescents, journalists, hospitals, the issue of food supplies, the migration crisis,» he said. MISSION WILL BE INTERVIEWED WITH VENEZOLANAS VICTIMS IN COLOMBIAAs had already advanced Efe, Arosemena argued that the IACHR’s mission will depart immediately towards Colombia to reach, with the help of the Government of that country, the Colombian town of Cúcuta, bordering Venezuela, and interviewing there with Venezuelan «victims».» Foregoing that we could have this situation we had a plan B: to continue our mission through a trip to Bogota, where we will have the support of the Colombian government to move to the border, specifically in Cúcuta», and fulfill the visit there «not on the terms in which we had scheduled it, but to achieve this possibility of direct contact with Venezuelan human rights victims and organizations,» Arosemena said. to express to the current de facto Government of Venezuela that the protection of human rights is a commitment and that we will not fail to monitor the situation in Venezuela,» she added. The IACHR’s visit to Venezuela did have the authorization of the opposition Juan Guaidó, recognized as president in charge of Venezuela by almost 60 countries, who ratified the invitation after the refusal of the Chavista Executive was known.

That’s cool. / EFE.

While the Organization of American States (OAS), including the IACHR, has not adopted a resolution specifically recognizing Guaidó as interim president, on 10 January 2019 it declared Maduro’s inauguration illegitimate on 10 January 2019.» We congratulate this courageous IACHR for continuing to seek the truth,» Guaidó’s ambassador to Panama, Fabiola Zavarce, told Efe, who said that «radically condemns everything that has been not to let the Commission into the Commission to find the violation of human rights in Venezuela.» THE MISSION COULD NOT ABORD FLIGHT IN PANAMA TO VENEZUELAArosemena explained that the mission could not address the planned flight to Caracas on Tuesday because «the Maduro government had given directions to the airline (Copa) not to allow us to enter because we were not going to be received, we were not going to be able to enter Venezuela».

The entourage composed of its president, Esmeralda Arosemena (c); the Executive Secretary, Paulo Abrcao (d), and the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Edison Lanza (i). / EFE.

Copa Airlines stated in a brief statement to Efe that it «refrains from commenting on it, since it is a matter outside the company over which it has no jurisdiction».
As an airline, we must follow the instructions we receive from regulatory authorities,» said the Panamanian aviation company.

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