Venezuela Repudiates US State Department Report

The Bolivarian government of Venezuela is repudiating the skewed and inaccurate 2021 Country Report on Human Rights Practices on Venezuela, released by the U.S. State Department this week. A quick translation of the communique released by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry can be read below.

Venezuela rejects Human Rights report from the U.S. State Department

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, once again, categorically rejects the report on Human Rights of the United States Department of State, as well as the repeated practice of qualifying the policies of other countries in this matter, without any technical rigor or credibility.

It is serious that the United States manipulates an issue as sensitive as Human Rights to advance its political interests and reiterates Washington’s demonstrated disregard for the welfare of the Venezuelan people. The U.S. government has little interest in the rights of a people subjected to unilateral coercive measures and a criminal economic blockade.

With a false narrative promoted by organizations financed by the U.S. government, they seek to obscure the achievements of the Bolivarian Government in guaranteeing human, political, economic and social rights, even under the most severe aggression. It is for this reason that the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world, which has 25% of the world’s prison population, 2.19 million inmates, disproportionately composed of Afro-descendant people and people of Latin American origin, living in overcrowded prisons with high health risks and where excessive political sentences persist, such as that of the indigenous leader Leonard Peltier whose life is in danger, should focus on solving its own prison crisis.

While the U.S. biasedly qualifies the exercise of political rights in Venezuela, its Congress has failed to ensure the renewal of important guarantees for the Afro-descendant population and, on the contrary, at least 420 bills restricting access to vote have been allowed to prosper in 49 states. Significant actions such as the closure of the Guantanamo detention center or a halt to police brutality that in 2021 claimed 1,141 lives, remains to be seen in the United States.

Venezuela, a faithful believer in diplomacy and an observer of international law, desires relations of respect and cooperation with all nations of the world. It is not through deceit, blackmail and aggression that diplomacy can be exercised.

Caracas, April 14, 2022

By Kawsachun News

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