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Sanctions limit response to pandemic

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The leader of the Venezuelan regime, Nicolás Maduro, assured this Monday that international sanctions, which include the blocking abroad of assets belonging to his country, are preventing his country from offering a better response to the social and health crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

In a virtual intervention during the opening of the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, Maduro said that his country faces more than 450 punitive measures that seek to « exert excessive pressure and persecution » against him, with the ultimate goal of causing a change of government.

The Maduro regime figures at least 30,000 million dollars in assets that it cannot access due to the restrictions imposed by the United States and the European Union and that, according to the president, would serve to cover basic needs of the population.

« The kidnappers of the assets and resources of the Venezuelan State have shown great cruelty, even in pandemic circumstances, disregarding the calls of the international community, » Maduro told the Human Rights Council, the most important international forum in this field and that it is held from Geneva in essentially virtual format.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, considered in the past that financial sanctions against Venezuela They are not the most effective way to encourage the collaboration of the Maduro regime.

An investigative mission created by mandate of the CDH and that works under the protection of the Bachelet Office corroborated serious violations of human rights in Venezuela, including events that may represent crimes against humanity and of which senior government officials have been accomplices. .

Instead, the Venezuelan president denounced that economic sanctions have been increased and that this is the cause of the humanitarian crisis that his country is suffering and that in the last five years has caused an exodus of more than 5 million people.

Maduro promised to collaborate with the HRC, but maintained his position of rejecting « any inquisitorial mechanism that seeks to use the cause of human rights as a political tool. »

He pointed out that these are « ideological provocations » that will not disrupt the collaboration that his regime has begun with the Bachelet Office, which for now is limited to the presence of a handful of observers who monitor the situation from within the country.

However, Bachelet’s goal is to establish an office in Caracas, which can work independently and with a broader scope, which Maduro does not accept so far.