Caracas, 16 Mar. AVN.- Venezuela is a country irrevocably committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, stressed on Thursday Venezuela's Minister of Prison Services, Iris Varela, who on behalf of the Bolivarian government presented the national report on human rights before the committee of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which holds its 34th session in Geneva, Switzerland.
"Venezuela is a country irrevocably committed to social justice, the deepening of democracy and the effective realization of human rights in a comprehensive way," she said at the 34th session.
"Since the founding of the Fifth Republic, with Commander Hugo Chavez, with the original constitutional process of 1999, Venezuela stands as a pioneer in the promotion and protection of human rights and has taken innumerable steps to fulfill its obligations to the universal system of human rights of the UN," said Varela, sided by Venezuela's ambassador to the Council, Jorge Valero.
She said Venezuela has complied with 70% of the Council's recommendations to strengthen areas such as access to justice, gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights, eradication of poverty, and political and protagonist engagement in public affairs, among other areas.
In addition, Venezuela has signed 24 voluntary commitments on human rights to move forward on issues such as: the implementation of 100% of the new Venezuelan prison system, the design of comprehensive public policies on citizen security, the creation of victims of violence assistance bodies and training of police officers in human rights.
"This demonstrates our country's strong decision to continue advancing in the promotion and protection of human rights in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the 2016-2019 National Plan on Human Rights," said Varela.
She stressed that from 1999 to the present day, fundamental rights to education, housing and health have been strengthened. "We have strengthened the policy of gender equality and equity, the protection of children and adolescents, people with disabilities and older adults, and we are taking action to defend the rights of indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and vulnerable groups never before recognized, only during the revolutionary government."
She said that despite the external and internal threats causing destabilization and the economic war in the country, the national government maintains the social investment and social and political rights of all Venezuelans.
"Venezuela has made great strides in advancing its political, economic, social and cultural democratization, despite the sabotage, destabilization and actions that border on terrorism. Democratization in Venezuela is irreversible," she said.
Varela also reiterated Venezuela's commitment to the fulfillment of human rights, to the recommendations made by the Council and to working with all bodies and mechanisms of the UN human rights system.