A cry for help from a country in crisis

"Doing this is a moral duty stablished in the universal declaration of Human Rights."

Opposition demonstrators take part in a rally against Nicolas Maduro's government

Venezuela is going through the most acute crisis in its history and its consequences have ended up transcending our borders with severe effects for many countries, especially in our continent. The dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has subjected our people to misery in order to stay in power. Venezuela is broken under the dependence of a dictatorship.

Hyperinflation, hunger as a consequence of food shortages, an almost total lack of public services and rampant corruption, coexist on top of a repression that has been recorded by the systematic violation of human rights at the hands of the state security agencies. This was documented by the United Nations Fact-Finding Commission.

In Venezuela there is no rule of law, no respect for freedoms, no conditions for free, fair and verifiable elections. Maduro’s responsibility for crimes against humanity is clear. In the face of the atrocities committed by the dictatorship, the mechanisms of the international community are being put to the test. We must exercise all the tools we have so that these crimes do not happen again.

Maduro’s regime committing crimes

The Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro and OAS Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect Jared Genser released a report that reaffirms that there is a reasonable basis to conclude the regime of Nicolás Maduro has been committing crimes against humanity in Venezuela since February 12, 2014 and condemns the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for inaction in the face of these crimes.

The popular consultation seeks an alternative to reverse the current situation in Venezuela, and that allows to keep alive the citizen participation. Always based on our constitution under Art 70: “The means of participation and protagonism of the people in the exercise of their sovereignty in political matters are: the election of public offices, the referendum, the popular consultation, the revocation of the mandate, the legislative, constitutional and constituent initiatives, the open town hall and the citizens’ assembly whose decisions will be of a binding nature”.

With this democratic and constitutional action in which more than 7 million of Venezuelans have participated, they have demonstrated many things among which we can highlight:

1- That they clearly reject the Nicolas Maduro regime an the electoral farce of December 6th

2- That they still recognize and support the Interim Government of Juan Guaidó until the conditions for a free and fair elections are granted

3- They asked the international community to help finish the humanitarian crisis and re-establish democracy in their country through the democratic and peaceful way

Moral duty to help

It is important to emphasise that the Venezuelans participation in these events within their territory represents in itself a risk to the people’s physical integrity, and yet, no matter what the people came out en masse once again to express their discontent with the regime In order to achieve the freedom of their country.

Both Malta and the international community know well that in Venezuela there is a dictatorship, and that crimes against humanity are committed. This is why it is important to take action to safeguard the integrity of the Venezuelans. Doing this is a moral duty stablished in the universal declaration of Human Rights.