The European Parliament request to Venezuela to remain in the IACHR to avoid isolation


The European Parliament urged Venezuela to reconsider its plan to withdraw from the Inter-American Commission on Human Right (IACHR), noting that this could lead the country out of isolation and a “further deterioration” of its record on human rights.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution to that effect by 37 votes in favor, 17 against and 4 abstentions, in the final session in which many MEPs had already left Strasbourg (France), which hosted the plenary.

The document encourages the Government of Venezuela and all other states in the region to “recognize and enforce” the decisions and recommendations of the IACHR to cooperate with regional and international mechanisms of human rights, and urges them to “not take any action that may weaken the protection of human rights”.

MEPs also called on countries that have not yet acceded to the Inter-American Human Rights System “to do so as quickly and fully participate in the same”.

Parliamentarians urged Venezuela to meet the international charters and conventions and regional bodies of which is a signatory.

In this context, considered the decision of the legislative and judicial branches of Venezuela to support the proposal of its president, Hugo Chavez, to withdraw the country from the IACHR, “highlights the failure of the principle of separation of powers in that country and the absolute submission of the legislative and judicial policy decisions of the president.”

In the debate preceding the vote, the Belgian Socialist MEP Veronique De Keyser said that not all members of the Organization of American States (OAS) are members of the IACHR, and cited the example of the United States and Canada.

Although both countries are party to the OAS, has never ratified the American Convention on Human Rights, the main law of the IACHR governed by 25 countries.

However, both countries have to fulfil the obligations that are subject to and are evaluated by the IACHR for having signed the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.

Liberal Romanian MEP Renate Weber, meanwhile, denied that a country intends to leave the IACHR “when its resolutions are not convenient,” while the Spanish Socialist Maria Muñiz insisted that it was time to “strengthen the institution” and ask the accession of the States of the OAS that have not yet joined it.

In contrast, the Spanish United Left MEP Willy Meyer, said in a statement that the resolution is an “interference of the European right, it decides to adopt this resolution trying to delegitimize the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the process towards elections presidential election the month of October. ”

Hugo Chavez announced last month that it has asked the Council of State to prepare arguments to realize their desire to bring the country out of the IACHR, an autonomous organ of the OAS-, accusing it of being “a mechanism” that the U.S. “used “against his country.

Specifically, Venezuela has repeatedly accused the IAHR be biased against him and, since 2002, has denied requests from the Commission to visit the country, considering even supported the attempted coup against the Chavez government in April of that year.

By: Isabel Rivero, Olga Conde, Victoria Gerbaudo & Estefanía Sánchez.

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