UNICEF recognizes Venezuela's human rights practices


Caracas, 17 Mar. AVN.- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) recognized Thursday the work undertaken by the Government of Venezuela to guarantee human rights.

At the 34th ordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, the representative of that body, Myriam Wischnewski, said that the National Human Rights Council, set up in Venezuela in April 2014 under the management of the Executive Vice-Presidency.

The Venezuelan body coordinates, supports and establishes the State's public policies aimed at guaranteeing the free exercise of the human rights of Venezuelans, especially children and adolescents. To do this, the government is developing a national plan to address challenges in this matter.

Both the Council and the National Plan on Human Rights emerged following the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review in 2014, which represents the commitment of the Venezuelan Government, Wischnewski said.

"UNICEF welcomes the initiative of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to create the National Council of Human Rights and to elaborate in a participatory manner a National Plan of Human Rights to address the challenges identified by the Venezuelan society and most of those adopted today," she said in her address.

She added that "UNICEF also recognizes that this plan includes a great portion of the recommendations issued by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014 and is glad to already have formal arrangements in place as part of its country program, to support the National Council of Human Rights in the implementation of the plan."

In this regard, the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Council, Larry Devoe, recalled that a public consultation was held for the preparation of this plan, involving more than 250,000 people.

17/03/2017 - 02:41 pm