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Peru condemns violation of human rights in Venezuela at UN

17:27 | Lima, Jul. 5.

Peru delivered a statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council referring to the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and condemning the systematic violation of human rights there, Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio said on Thursday.

The Peruvian initiative was supported by 53 UN member states including countries comprising the Lima Group and European Union.

According to Popolizio, the Inca nation emphasized that the High Commissioner's report confirms there have been serious violations of human rights in Venezuela as a result of the serious crisis created by the breakdown of democratic order in such country.

"The severe crisis has resulted in a massive exodus of Venezuelan citizens, who have migrated to different countries in the region," reads a document shared by the Ministry with the press.

For his part, Ambassador Claudio de la Puente —Permanent Representative of Peru to Human Rights Council in Switzerland— said the 53 countries that supported the statement by Peru expect Venezuela can restore democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.  

He also called on Nicolas Maduro's Government to open —without delay— its door to humanitarian assistance in a bid to alleviate the social and economic crisis in the Bolivarian nation.

"A large number of accessions to said diplomatic initiative confirms the international community's growing concern over the deteriorating political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela," the document concludes.

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Published: 7/5/2018
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