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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.

Tweet: ATTENTION: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Paraguay condemn the excessive use of force in Venezuela.

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

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

US Approves $450 Million to Finance Santos-FARC Stitch-Up in Colombia

By: Felipe Fernández - @Ffernandezp - May 5, 2017, 9:54 am
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EspañolCongress passed a bill this week to financially assist with maintaining peace in Colombia while the country eases a major guerrilla group back into society. The Colombia peace plan, originally formulated by former President Barack Obama, had bipartisan support, and aims to forward efforts related to the post-conflict peace process with The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a major guerrilla group in the country. The law was approved in the House of Representatives on Wednesday and in the Senate this Thursday. Now, it is waiting for the signature of President Donald Trump. Since 2007, aid to Colombia from the United States hasn't changed. But the new bill gives Colombia US $450 million — $74 million more than in 2016. Read More: Google Becomes First Foreign Internet Company in Cuba Read More: Uribe’s Party Seeks Alliance with Conservatives for 2018 Election The extra resources would be used at first for demobilizing guerrillas, strengthening state presence in remote regions, eradicating illicit crops and fighting illegal mine operations. President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted about the agreement. "US bipartisan agreement," he wrote. "Congress approved a budget of US $450 million for Peace Colombia. 74 million more than in 2016. " googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The funds to finance this stage of the peace process in Colombia were implemented and approved for the fiscal 2017 budget. The post-conflict financial package in Colombia is reportedly considered by many sectors to be very convenient, as retaliation by FARC dissidents continue to make the peace process difficult — most recently with the kidnapping of a United Nations delegate in the Municipality of Miraflores. The United Nations mission in Colombia was helping replace illicit crops in that area. Source: El Heraldo.

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