GENEVA, Sept. 11, 2017 – Venezuelan opposition figures, family members of political prisoners, and human rights activists gathered today at the 47-nation U.N. human rights council to refute the plenary address by foreign minister Jorge Arreaza.

UN Watch, the Geneva-based non-governmental human rights group, together with Venezuela por Iniciative, organized a panel of leading Venezuelan voices, at a side event held below the human rights council chamber, to represent the views of the pro-democracy opposition.

UN Watch has submitted a draft resolution (en español) calling or the suspension of Venezuela from the UNHRC, which has been published as an official UN document.  Executive director Hillel Neuer urged member states, especially Peru on behalf of the Lima Group, to adopt a resolution.

Diego Arria, the former Venezuelan ambassador to the UN and Security Council president, called for the dictator Nicolas Maduro to be indicted by the International Criminal Court. Click here for Arria speech | En Español

Julieta Lopez, aunt of pro-democracy leader and political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez. Click for speech.

Rosaura Valentini, wife of political prisoner Yon Goiechocheca, said people are completely dehumanized. Child mortality declined to 1950s figures. Elderly die for lack of essential drugs. There is widepsread malnutrition. Mayors have been taken prisoner, despite having been chosen by the vote of the people. Violinist playing music was also taken as a prisoner. Hundreds of protesters are taken as prisoners. Click here for UNHRC plenary speech.

Zair Mundaray, who holds the third highest position in the Ministry of Justice in charge of prosecutions, said that citizens in Venezuela need to have membership card in a political party connected to the government to receive food rations.  Distribution of food has become a mechanism of political control. The OLP group was involved in executing poor people in the barrios, as training to control protesters.

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Sigue en vivo: el evento en respuesta a las mentiras que presentó el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores del régimen de Nicolás Maduro, ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos. Sígalo EN VIVO en nuestra página.Entre los oradores estarán:* Julieta Lopez* Rosaura Valentini* Zair Mundaray, ex-fiscal* Embajador Diego Arria, eX Presidente del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU

Posted by UN Watch on Monday, September 11, 2017

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