Venezuela to strengthen UN-recognized human rights policy


Caracas, 17 Mar. AVN.- Venezuela ratified Thursday its commitment to maintain and strengthen its human rights policy created in Revolution and recognized by the United Nations.

This commitment was reaffirmed by Minister of Prison Services, Iris Varela, who, on behalf of the Bolivarian government presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the report on the results of the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which the country signed on November 1, 2016.

That day, Venezuela presented a report on human rights achievements and challenges, and the Council, in recognition of its human rights policy, recommended the oil nation to continue, maintain and strengthen these actions aimed at raising people's standards of living.

The Venezuelan Government evaluated these recommendations and on Thursday, Prison Services Minister informed the Council that it decided to take on 24 voluntary commitments and 70% of the suggestions offered in 2016.

The acceptance or non-acceptance of the recommendations is optional. However, Venezuela decided to accept 70% in accordance with its policy based on institutional structure and respect for human rights, said Varela.

In all, Venezuela welcomed 193 of the 274 suggestions, mostly related to areas in which Venezuela has a long road ahead, 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.

The rest, 81 recommendations, were not accepted because they were value judgments and political attacks without ground, explained later executive secretary of the Venezuelan Human Rights Council, Larry Devoe, in a press release.

He pointed out the Venezuelan State legitimately decided not to accept the remaining 30% of recommendations made by some nations because they deviate "from the constructive spirit of the UPR, with unfounded value judgments and deliberate political attacks."

The UPR is a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council that allows each Member State to take its own measures to improve, maintain and strengthen the human rights agenda.

Venezuela has submitted two reports to the UPR, one in 2011 and another in 2016. Both have been recognized for their work on human rights.

17/03/2017 - 12:04 pm