Colombian Attorneys Sue Venezuelan Dictator Maduro for Crimes Against Humanity

By: Karina Martín - Jun 14, 2017, 12:20 pm
The lawsuit against Nicolas Maduro is due to the mass deportation of Colombians. (Twitter)

EspañolPresident of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro is being sued for crimes against humanity following the massive wave of deportations from the country to Colombia in August 2015.

A group of lawyers in Colombia presented the complaint to the Prosecutors Office in Cúcuta, the capital of the department of Northern Santander, which touches the Venezuelan border.

The approximately 400-page document details how a section of the border was closed between Venezuela and Colombia in August of 2015, and that Maduro deported around a thousand Colombians residing in Venezuela, then another 15,000 that had decided to return.

“This forced displacement, massive deportation, destruction of their property and their families forced us to work with the lawyers of both nations to submit a complaint of crimes against humanity against Nicolás Maduro,” President of the Trial Lawyer Association of Northern Santander, Rafael Villamizar, said.


Villamizar also explained that the suit addressed Maduro “not as head of state, but as someone who loses his power due to having engaged in these practices and can be detained in any country in the world.”

“With the help of congress members of the Venezuelan opposition,” he’d said, “we want Colombia’s justice system to accuse the creator of this mass displacement … we demand his detention as a way to remedy the suffering of these victims who have not been able to rebuild their lives.”

Former Venezuelan Congressmen Walter Márquez said that the filing not only includes the deportation of more than 1,500 Colombians, but also the destruction of border bridges in the upper reaches of the Táchira River, and the forced displacement of more than 20,000 Colombians due to the closure of the border.

Source: El Nacional

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Top Chavista Official Warns Peru to “Keep Its Hands off” Venezuela after Mediation Attempt

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jun 14, 2017, 10:00 am

EspañolVenezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez responded to suggestions made by Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who had recently suggested methods of mediation for solving the crisis in Venezuela. PPK, as he is commonly referred to, said he wants a collection of world leaders like Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help mediate the issue so as to avoid a "bloodbath" and mass migration. But the high-standing official, who seems to often do the talking for President Nicolás Maduro's administration, told PPK to keep his "deadly hands off" of her country. Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship "Venezuela repudiates and protests the infamous statements by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, which promote intervention on Venezuela from around the world," the country's foreign minister said on Twitter. She also tweeted that it was embarrassing for a Latin American leader to go to his "colonial masters" and ask them to intervene on Venezuela, which she said she considers a sovereign state. PPK originally made his comments in a forum called "Peru of the Future" that was taking place in Madrid, Spain. “If nothing is done,” warned PPK at the event, “we will end up with a bloodbath, we will have a (migratory) invasion in Cúcuta on the border with Colombia, we will have people arriving in Curacao in boats.” googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The comments were during a discussion about the Organization of American States, which PPK claimed should not be the only solution officials rely on to solve Venezuela's crisis. Instead, he had proposed creating a "contact group" made up of several countries. Source: Reuters, El País

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