Mexico backed a resolution from Venezuela and Iran that hinders the accountability of the Chavista regime

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Human Rights Watch lost Mexican participation in the search for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela

We have definitely lost Mexico,” the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization lamented the Mexican position in the fight for the preservation of human rights and the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.

And it is that both Mexico and Uruguay aligned with Iran, Russia, Nicaragua, among other nations, to support a resolution presented by Venezuela and Iran, which makes accountability to international organizations of the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro difficult.

This Thursday, September 26, the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations Organization (UN) , based in Geneva, approved the resolution that condemns the sanctions of the United States government against the Chavez regime, at the same time which states that the peaceful, democratic and constitutional solution in the South American country must be achieved without any foreign intervention.

“The resolution is full of empty promises to avoid accountability,” said José Miguel Vivanco, executive president for America of HRW, on Twitter.

The document entitled “ Strengthening cooperation and technical assistance in the field of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” , was presented today in the framework of the 42nd regular session of the UN by Iran, Turkey, Russia, People’s Republic Democratic of Korea, Nicaragua, Algeria, Syria, and Palestine.

Mexico, Uruguay, and Cuba reaffirmed the position they have held since the Organization of American States (OAS) increased their condemnation of the regime that has plunged Venezuela into a severe political, social and economic crisis. Dodging and accompanying Maduro on most occasions, recognizing him as head of state.

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York.  (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP)
Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. 

With 18 votes in favor, 6 against and 23 abstentions, it is the first time that the UN HRC makes explicit reference to the consequences of coercive measures against the regime in Venezuela.

Within that framework, the HRC urges the Venezuelan government and opposition to continue advancing in a genuine political dialogue to reach a peaceful, democratic and constitutional solution to the country’s situation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), chaired by Marcelo Ebrard, declined to explain the meaning of the Mexican vote in the resolution.

PHOTO: VICTORIA VALTIERRA / CUARTOSCURO

Despite the historical crisis in Venezuela, the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador – the first president emanating from the left in the country’s history – has been adamant in his position: he argues to be neutral, respecting the principle of the Estrada doctrine of “ non-intervention”.

Neither the condemnation of most of the developed economies to the dictatorship nor the ignorance of the interim president Juan Guaidó to Maduro as head of state, have generated the empathy of the Mexican Executive.

The previous administrations of Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto, were critical of the human rights violations of Chavismo.

In January of this year, Mexico refused to join the 12 nations that make up the Lima Group that have backed Juan Guaidó. Uruguay accompanied Mexico, dissonant in the Latin American concert.

The Lima Group was created in 2017 to try to give an exit to the crisis in Venezuela, when the opposition marches and the repression that left at least 127 dead were intensified that year. It is made up of 13 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Guyana. They also endorse the group Barbados, the United States, Granada, and Jamaica.

Photo: Luis Morillo
Photo: Luis Morillo

Since that time, the group has sought a solution to the crisis in the Bolivarian country.

Just this Wednesday, September 25, the Lima Group and the International Contact Group reaffirmed their commitment to Venezuela after meeting in New York outside the United Nations General Assembly to address the situation in the South American country.

The members of both groups reaffirmed their “invariable commitment to the recovery of democracy, adherence to the rule of law and Human Rights in Venezuela through a peaceful transition through free and transparent presidential elections” which was reflected in a joint statement.

According to the document, the groups have affirmed that the violations are the result of a strategy “aimed at neutralizing, repressing and criminalizing the political opposition and critics of the Government” and have stressed the need to free all political prisoners.

Source: infobae, la otra opinion

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