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Eight Latin American Countries Strongly Condemn the Venezuelan Dictatorship’s Violent Repression

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 5, 2017, 10:31 am
Eight Latin American Countries Strongly Condemn the Venezuelan Dictatorship's Violent Repression
The countries specifically demanded that the dictatorship respect the “human rights” of Venezuelans. (PanAm Post)

EspañolEight Latin American countries signed a statement Thursday, May 4 condemning the Venezuelan regime’s use of state violence against demonstrations.

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Paraguay signed a statement condemning government attacks against civilians who were protesting undemocratic state policies.

“We deplore the deterioration of the domestic situation and the resurgence of violence in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” the statement said, “which has left an increasing number of dead and hundreds injured since April 6.”

“We condemn the excessive use of force by Venezuelan authorities against the civilian population that marches to protest against government measures affecting democratic stability, which further polarizes Venezuelan society and leads to the loss of human lives, mostly young people.”

The text then stated that “as a current member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has the obligation to apply the highest standards regarding the promotion and protection of human rights in fulfillment of its commitments and obligations.”

 

The nations highlighted the lack of institutionally in Venezuela, the “importance of an electoral calendar” as well as the need for the release of political prisoners.

“We call on all sectors not to endorse actions that cause more violence and express our conviction that the time has come to complete an inclusive national agreement that provides a lasting solution to the critical situation in Venezuela,” the statement ends.

In recent weeks, President Nicolás Maduro has mercilessly repressed all of the opposition’s demonstrations. The violence has left more than 30 dead, hundreds injured and thousands under arrest.

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.