Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / March 7, 2018
The National Government blatantly rejected the declaration of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who in a manner that was “unfounded, injerencist and irresponsible” attacked democracy and human rights in Venezuela.
Through a communique published by the Minister of Exterior Relations, Jorge Arreaza, “the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the High Commissioner’s pretense to judge the electoral process of the country, without having any authority nor competence for it, going against the interest of the majority of the people and even sectors of the political opposition who are determined to resolve disputes through the democratic and legitimate exercise of the right to vote”.
“Once again, the High Commissioner is flagrantly violating the norms and principles that must direct his actions, proceeded to take a partial position on the human rights situation in Venezuela”, the communique reads, and adds that it’s not surprising that Al Hussein took this stance given that he has held meetings with “representatives of the most extreme and anti-democratic sectors of the Venezuelan opposition”.
Lastly, the communique highlights the constant conviction of the government of Venezuela that human rights have to be respected as the Constitution and the international treaties establish.