Human rights in Venezuela face UN tests

3pDuvQfcThe core issue of human rights in Venezuela, specially economic, social and cultural ones, will be reviewed in Geneva in the next two days, as the B.R. of V. will present how it’s applying the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

As expected, there are conflicting views on how Venezuela is doing on these matters. On one side, the Venezuelan State. In the other, independent NGOs who will make their cases in the Palais Wilson, where all UN human rights bodies gather and work. If you want to follow the review in detail, you can visit the Examen ONU Venezuela Twitter account and blog for more information.

But this isn’t the only test made recently by the United Nations to our country: Case in point, threatening to downgrade the role of our People’s Ombudsman.

A UN sub-committee made public their findings over the actions of the institution, and found that both its actions and omissions put into question the impartiality and independence of such authority. Current Ombudsman Tarek William Saab was given a one-year notice to make major changes, or it will lose its UN voice and vote privileges.

This UN report confirms what other reports were already saying: the Ombudsman is working for the State instead of the Venezuelan people. Will Mr. William Saab change things? I doubt it by taking in consideration his personal career, the questionable way he was named into office, or even what his living room used to look like.

But the issue of human rights continue to be of the highest interest at home and abroad. Now more than ever when there are some human rights activists that are either being incarcerated, spied upon or publicly harassed.

7 thoughts on “Human rights in Venezuela face UN tests

  1. Lots of credit to the NGOs that have been making a point that not just political rights but also rights to food and proper healthcare are being curtailed. Human rights are a very broad thing—yet in every measure the government fails, even categories which are newer to them.


  2. Forget Saab, you need only look at how Maduro responded when the UN first raised those yellow flags.
    He said he won’t stand for any defamation of Venezuela from anyone, and he reiterated the same point in Panama.
    It won’t matter what the UN says or does to our Ombudsman. The decision is not Saab’s to make, even if he wasn’t a puppet.


  3. These bureaucratic organisations are beyond pathetic. All they do is talk, when they do anything at all. The UN, what a bunch of clowns. What do they do about entire Genocides, like we constantly see in Africa or Asia? Talk, and ignore most of it.

    This is where politics sucks not just in Vzla, but everywhere, Europe, the USA.. They’re a bunch of liars in the end, just look how everyone now seems to be in Love with Cuba! Cuba, of all dictatorships, not a “terrorist state” anymore, buddy-buddy with the US and the UN, and all the others, as long as there are some juicy deals out there, huh..

    The ONU… what a freaking Joke.

    Final Verdict. Tribunal Supremo de la Justicia.


  4. Wait! UN is going to do something about the Chavista ombudsman? I wonder: does it do something about those of Cuba and other dictatorships? This is not rhetorical…I really want to know…


  5. If There is something we should know by now, is tnat there there’s no organization that’s as worthless as the UN. To give you an idea, Over at the Palais Wilson, Saudi Arabia, that paragon of Human Rights, heads the UN Human Rights Council…


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