Colombian Senators Plan to Take Venezuelan Dictator Maduro to International Criminal Court

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 17, 2017, 2:12 pm
Colombian Senators Plan to Take Venezuelan Dictator Maduro to International Criminal Court
The complaint is 58 pages long and holds Maduro accountable for crimes such as murder, forced displacement, imprisonment, torture, persecution and genocide. (Flickr)

EspañolThe Democratic Center, Colombia’s opposition party, plans to take Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro and his administration to the International Criminal Court for major crimes including murder, forced displacement, imprisonment, torture, persecution and genocide.

The party, founded by former President Alvaro Uribe, has the support of 60 senators, and plans to to file a complaint against Maduro in its upper chamber before moving to the ICC.

Because Venezuela is part of the Rome Statute — the treaty that established the International Criminal Court — it is a member of the ICC and therefore subject to judiciary discipline.

“In the face of Nicolás Maduro’s flagrant violations of human rights and its crimes of international law, he, as head of state and commander of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, is subject to the jurisdiction of that court,” a Democratic Center announcement said.

“States can file complaints, but so can public authorities in the absence of a formal commitment from the state,” said Senator Ivan Duque, who presented the initiative before the Senate plenary.


Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin also participated in the Upper House’s session, confirming that the country’s ambassador Ricardo Lozano, will not return from Caracas for now.

She also said that officials will request a meeting of Unasur presidents regarding the future of Venezuela at an Organization of American States meeting planned for the upcoming weeks.

Source: Diario Las Américas

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Venezuelans “Hunt Down” Maduro Regime Supporters in Miami

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 17, 2017, 1:51 pm
Venezuelans Florida

Español Venezuelans living abroad have targeted regime officials and have made known their displeasure with them. Last Sunday, a group of Venezuelans residing in the state of Florida gathered outside the residence of Carlos Maximo Aniasi Turchio, an alleged former member of the army during Chavez's administration who lives in the city of Orlando. Read More: Trudeau Welcomes Opposition Leader Tintori to Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners Read More: United Nations Security Council to Discuss Venezuelan Crisis Today for First Time "This is the kind of person who has told the Venezuelan people that socialism is good when they are starving, have no medicine and are eating out of the trash," said a Venezuelan who shared a video of the protest. In the video, the Venezuelans express their anger at the luxury the former officials enjoy. According to the records of the city of Orlando, the house in question, located in the area of Winter Park, was bought by Carlos Aniasi in the year 2014 for USD $347,800. But that is not his only house. He also has another one registered 30 miles away purchased at a cost of USD $260,000 in the month of December 2016. Turchio is not the only person linked to Chavismo who has been targeted by the Venezuelan protesters. Former public banking officer Eugenio Vasquez Orellana (2009-2010), was forced to leave a bakery located in the city of Doral, also in Florida, on Sunday morning, after his compatriots who were in the same place shouted "thief" and "rat." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   In Weston, Florida, former judge Dayva Soto and her husband Rafael Ricardo Jimenez also stared down protesters, who located the address of their home valued at USD $925,000. They arrived last Friday night, shouting "you will pay for what you've done." Soto responded to the event on her Twitter account saying that the act was "an injustice against me and my family." Venezuelans who protested accused the former judge of having imprisoned opposition leader Henrique Capriles, nevertheless the same former candidate to the Venezuelan presidency, showed his support for Soto saying that "she had the courage to give me freedom when almost 40 judges had avoided the case. Honor those to whom honor is due," said Capriles. Source: El Nuevo Herald

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