Venezuelan Government Rejects U.S. Report on Human Rights Violations in 2024

Venezuela rejects US report on human rights, accusing US of "vile plan of aggression" and undermining Venezuelan rights. Tensions between the countries remain high as Maduro criticizes US policies and actions.

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Venezuelan Government Rejects U.S. Report on Human Rights Violations in 2024

Venezuelan Government Rejects U.S. Report on Human Rights Violations in 2024

The Venezuelan government has strongly rejected a U.S. report on human rights violations in Venezuela in 2024. A senior Venezuelan diplomat characterized the U.S. State Department as the "most hostile and deadly empire of humanity" that "dares to talk about rights it constantly violates." The Venezuelan Foreign Minister accused the U.S. of designing the "most vile plan of aggression against Venezuelans" and attempting to undermine the fundamental rights of the Venezuelan people.

The Venezuelan government dismissed the U.S. report as a "ridiculous pamphlet" filled with lies and falsehoods, and part of Washington's "toxic obsession" against Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro rejected the report, stating that Venezuela does not need a license to advance its development and economic well-being. Maduro accused the U.S. government of failing to comply with agreements signed between the two countries and imposing unilateral and illegal coercive measures against Venezuela. He reaffirmed that Venezuela is not a colony of any country.

Why this matters: The rejection of the U.S. human rights report by Venezuela highlights the ongoing tensions and strained diplomatic relations between the two countries. It emphasizes the difficulties in addressing human rights concerns when the validity of such reports is disputed by the government in question.

The United States reimposed oil and gas sanctions on Venezuela after Maduro reneged on his commitments to follow an election roadmap that offered a chance for the Venezuelan people to return to democratic governance. In October 2023, Maduro and representatives of Venezuelan opposition parties pledged to work toward free and fair elections in the second half of 2024. However, the Maduro government has since arrested members of the democratic opposition, barred candidates from running, and arbitrarily detained and violated the due process rights of many individuals critical of his government.

The U.S. State Department expressed concern over these actions and called on Maduro to allow all candidates and parties to participate in the electoral process and release all political prisoners. The U.S. government stated that the full implementation of the Barbados Agreement provides the optimal path to restore democracy in Venezuela, and it will continue to support Venezuelans' aspirations for a more democratic, stable, and prosperous Venezuela while working with regional and international partners.

Maduro also commented on recent events in Ecuador, congratulating the population for rejecting questions in a referendum that he claimed involved the country's sovereignty. He criticized the assault by Ecuadorian police on the Mexican Embassy in Quito, accusing right-wing extremist Daniel Noboa of acting under authorization from the U.S. to attack Mexico and President López Obrador. Additionally, Maduro criticized the U.S. House of Representatives' approval of a $95 billion package for new military aid, stating that they do not approve resources for development but rather for war.

Key Takeaways

  • Venezuela rejects U.S. report on human rights violations as "lies and falsehoods".
  • Maduro says Venezuela doesn't need U.S. "license" for its economic development.
  • U.S. reimposes oil and gas sanctions on Venezuela after Maduro reneges on election promises.
  • Maduro criticizes U.S. military aid, claims it's for war, not development.
  • Maduro accuses U.S. of involvement in assault on Mexican Embassy in Ecuador.