The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution today to create a fact-finding commission tasked with documenting human rights abuses in Venezuela under the Maduro regime. The resolution was brought to the floor by members of the Lima Group.
Erika Guevara-Rosas, the Americas director at Amnesty International, welcomed the news by saying:
We welcome the action taken today by members of the UN Human Rights Council. It was high time for the international community, led by countries in the Americas, to listen to the long-forgotten victims of what is an unprecedented human rights disaster in the region.
The resolution passed with 19 votes in favour, 7 against, and 21 abstentions. The vote split can be seen below:
On the mandate and scope of the fact-finding commission, Deutsche Welle wrote:
The fact-finding commission will document and present its work to the UN Human Rights Council within a year (…) The resolution outlined that the investigation should be conducted “with a view to ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims.” The decision also received the backing of the European Union.
Jorge Valero, the regime ambassador to the United Nations, reacted to the resolution by saying that it was “hostile”, and said that Caracas would never consent to it.
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