Trending

Newsletter

Venezuelan Dictator Maduro Backs out of Attending UN Human Rights Council Session

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Sep 6, 2017, 10:29 am
(Wikimedia)
In an official statement, the organization said the dictator will be replaced by Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. However, the UN’s statement did not provide an explanation for why Maduro suddenly canceled. (Wikimedia)

EspañolReports late last week claimed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — whose regime has been sanctioned and denounced for human rights violations and corruption — would be attending the United Nations’ upcoming meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this September 11. Now, that doesn’t look to be the case, as the dictator unexpectedly backed out this Tuesday, September 5.

The United Nations confirmed the scheduling change, saying that Maduro will in fact not be participating in the session at all.

In an official statement, the organization said the dictator will be replaced by Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. However, the UN’s statement did not provide an explanation for why Maduro suddenly canceled.

Media inside and out of Venezuela have speculated about Maduro’s decision. Prominent Venezuelan journalist Manuel Malaver tweeted: “Maduro canceled his trip to Geneva because he came down with a case of ‘Pinochet syndrome’ which is the fear of being captured by a judge.”

The change reportedly happened overnight, because on Monday, September 4, Venezuelan officials said Maduro wanted to speak at the opening of the thirty-sixth session of the Human Rights Council.

UN Watch, which monitors the activity of the United Nations, tweeted, “The Venezuelan dictator — who murders, tortures, beats, jails, starves own people — to open UN Human Rights Council.”

But on Tuesday, UN Watch reporter Hillel Neuer tweeted that the United Nations is planning to bring “pro-democracy” voices to the council meeting with the intention of denouncing the actions of Maduro’s regime.

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.