The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights issued a statement today in which it “laments” the death of Kluivert Roa in San Cristobal last week, and calls on the Venezuelan government to respect “international obligations” when it comes to using force against civilians.
Part of the statement reads:
The Inter-American Commission urges the State to adopt mechanisms to avoid excessive use of force by public law enforcement in protest marches and demonstrations, an obligation that must be taken into account especially in the case of children and adolescents.
The same statement also stresses the importance of the rights of freedom of expression and association, and calls on the Venezuelan government to adhere to the principles of “legality, necessity and proportionality” when dealing with demonstrations.
U.S. Responds to Sanctions
The United States government issued an official response to a string of sanctions and other measures Maduro announced on Saturday. Yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Delcy Rodriguez said that since Venezuela had 17 diplomatic staff in the United States, the United States should have the same amount in Venezuela. They currently have 100.
United States State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that Rodriguez was mistaken when she said that there were only 100 Venezuelan diplomatic staff in the United States:
The numbers the Venezuelan government has offered regarding the size of its mission in the United States dramatically understates the number of Venezuelan diplomats,
According to the U.S. State Department, the total amount of staff in Venezuela’s eight consulates plus the embassy in Washington, D.C. equals at least 43.
Harf did not speak on another one of the measures: the fact that United States citizens travelling to Venezuelan must now apply for visas. The visas are expected to cost around $200.
Uruguay Can Pay for Oil with Coffee
A decree effective as of today will let Uruguay pay for up to 25% of the oil it purchases from Venezuela with coffee beans.
The deal comes with the caveat that Uruguay will only be allowed to pay with coffee if the annual average price of Venezuelan oil sits anywhere over $30. The same deal also allows Uruguay to pay with any “goods and services” the Venezuelan government might decide to accept as payment in lieu of money.
While the move might seem irrational, Venezuela relies on an increasingly large number of imports to offset the lack of production which is fuelling the country’s severe scarcity, which affects everything from medial supplies to basic necessities.