UN Human Rights Council 41st Session – Item 2 – Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights in Venezuela

UN Human Rights Council 41st Session
Item 2 – Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights in Venezuela
5 July 2019

Intervention by ESTONIA

Mr. President,
Madame High Commissioner,

Estonia aligns itself with the statement made by the EU.

We thank for the report presented today. The fact that the High Commissioner was able to visit the country, invited by government, gives us hope that despite the dire situation on the ground, dialogue and progress are possible.

We are deeply concerned about the continuing economic, social and political crisis in Venezuela and regret to learn that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating even further.

The reports on torture, arbitrary detention and death in custody, as well as extreme restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly, through often-violent crackdowns on street protests, and continuing extreme limitations on freedom of expression are concerning.

Urgent action is needed to address the lack of access to food, water, healthcare, education and to ensure the enjoyment of other economic and social rights. We regret to learn that among others also the maternal and new-born mortality rates are increasing.

Estonia adds its voice to calling on political leaders to engage constructively with the talks facilitated by Norway to address the current political situation in Venezuela and to find the way of organizing free and credible presidential elections, leading to peaceful political democratic solution of the crisis. Every effort to resolve the crisis by meaningful and effective participation of all actors, including from civil society is needed.

We welcome the agreement reached by the High Commissioner with the Government of Venezuela on basing a team of human rights officers in Venezuela in order to provide technical assistance and advice and to continue monitoring the human rights situation on the ground.

Madame High Commissioner,
Could you shed more light on your offices plans in Venezuela?

Thank you!