Venezuelan government expels UN Human Rights personnel

Venezuelan government expels UN Human Rights personnel

Government of Venezuela has announced the suspension of the activities of the Technical Advisory Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In addition, it has given a 72-hour deadline for its staff to leave the country. This decision has generated great concern both nationally and internationally.

An act of repression

Yván Gil, Venezuelan Foreign Minister, accused the staff of the Office of having had a “colonialist, abusive attitude and violating the United Nations Charter”. He also demanded that they publicly rectify their actions before the international community.

This expulsion has been considered an act of repression by the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Reaction of the UN

In view of this situation, the spokesperson of the UN Human Rights Office, Ravina Shamdasani, regretted the announcement and stated that they are evaluating the next steps to be taken. The UN has expressed its concern about the whereabouts of Rocio San Miguel, a journalist and activist recently detained, and has called for her rights to be respected and due process to be ensured.

Arrests of government critics

The expulsion of UN human rights staff comes amid a wave of arrests of high-profile critics in Venezuela. This situation has generated criticism from both the opposition and international observers, who claim that the country is experiencing a repressive escalation driven by the government.

Rocío San Miguel case

One of the most recent and controversial cases is that of Rocío San Miguel, journalist and activist, who was arrested when she was about to board a flight at the Caracas airport. The Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office accuses her of being part of a plan to assassinate President Maduro. This arrest has generated new criticism to the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Criticism to the food delivery program

On the other hand, Venezuelan state television has questioned the comments of the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhri, who criticized the official program of food delivery to low-income families called CLAP.

Fakhri claimed that the program does not address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition in Venezuela, and does not meet right to food standards.

International repercussions

Venezuelan government’s decision to expel the UN staff has been seen as an unusually hostile act. Several countries and international organizations have expressed their concern and urged the government of Nicolás Maduro to respect human rights and guarantee due process.

Competitive elections in Venezuela

It is worth mentioning that, last October, the Venezuelan government and the opposition reached an agreement for competitive elections in the country, endorsed by the United States. However, since then, there have been arrests of opposition activists and members of the team of María Corina Machado, candidate of the anti-Chavez unity.

Abuses and extrajudicial executions

Reports by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights have on several occasions pointed out the existence of abuses such as arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial executions in Venezuela.

These reports have generated international concern and have led the international community to demand justice and respect for human rights in the country.

Conclusions

Venezuela’s expulsion of UN human rights personnel by the Venezuelan government has generated great concern at the national and international level. This decision comes on top of a series of arrests of government critics and allegations of abuses and extrajudicial executions in the country.

In addition, the international community has urged the government of Nicolás Maduro to respect human rights and guarantee due process. The situation in Venezuela remains a cause for concern and it is expected that measures will be taken to ensure respect for the fundamental rights of the population.