Illegal, inaccurate and vicious!
This is how Alvaro Sanchez Cordero, the newly appointed chargé d’affaires in the Venezuelan embassy here, described a United Nations (UN) report on the human rights situation in Venezuela.
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published its report last week, in which it charged that government security forces in Venezuela were carrying out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country was eroding.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner, said Venezuelan officers accused in some 500 questionable killings appeared to be evading charges, which he said was a sign that checks and balances had been chiseled away, leaving state authorities unaccountable.
The report also spoke of the grave impact of the economic and social crisis in the country on the rights to food and health.
However, Sanchez told a news conference this morning at the Venezuelan Institute of Culture and Cooperation, the UN report was “illegal, out of place and out of the united nations norms”. “It is inaccurate with bias and political intention. Hussein taking on Venezuelan human rights did not have the purpose of trying to prove them in our country but rather to contribute to the on-going process and different sources of economic warfare and media warfare that is taking place in Venezuela, the diplomat said.
“The ultimate goal of any United Nations human rights report, which is to improve the human rights of society, was not the object of Mr Al Hussein. It was vicious propaganda against our country and government. Regular people in our country are suffering on a daily basis because of this vicious, hideous campaign against our people,” he told reporters.
The Venezuelan official, in lashing out against the UN document, which he said had tainted his country’s image, argued the report should not have been made public.
“If we look at the documents that came out from the United Nations we can see that the main aspect that the resolutions created for both the United Nations Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner offices were to specify what each office was suppose to do.
“They needed to complement each other but by no means is the high commissioner made to act independently without the supervision or working together without the council. They need to work hand in glove.
“Everything was fine, there was no reason why the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to just, out of the duties that he is suppose to follow, embark on this evaluation of Venezuela in this manner.”
Sanchez also questioned the legitimacy and methodology of the research, charging that the report had “no foundation for people to actually believe in what it says”.
“Al Hussein did not go to Venezuela to complete this project. In the report he stated it himself … and that brings down credibility. In addition to that the people that he got the information from are NGOs that have a clear political position in Venezuela. These NGOs cannot be trusted to evaluate human rights or any other aspect of Venezuelan society,” the Caracas diplomat said. “There are four aspects that the resolution emphasizes on – objectivity, reliable information, equal treatment to all states and full involvement of the country concerned – none of this Mr Hussein did at all,” Sanchez complained, adding that despite negative perspectives the state of the Venezuelan society was not as bad as what was being portrayed in international media outlets.