Via the director of Human Rights Watch for the Americas, the Maduro regime’s foreign minister, after describing it as “rude.”

Via the director of Human Rights Watch for the Americas, the Maduro regime’s foreign minister, after describing it as “rude.”
José Miguel Vivanco, Director of the Americas Office at Human Rights Watch. EFE / Mauricio Duinas Castañeda / Archive

Executive Director of Human Rights Watch for the Americas, On Wednesday, Jose Miguel Vivanco endorsed the harsh report published Monday on the situation on the border between Venezuela and Colombia after a harsh exchange with the foreign minister of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, Jorge Ariza.

The organization condemned this Agents of the Venezuelan security forces committed peculiar abuses against the local population During an operation that lasted for several weeks against armed groups in the Aburi area.

The response came almost immediately from Venezuela, through Arreaza, who described the report in a message on his Twitter account as “Infamous” and Vivanco is called “cheeky.”

Jose Miguel Vivanco and Jorge Arizaa exchange on the Human Rights Watch report on Venezuela
Jose Miguel Vivanco and Jorge Arizaa exchange on the Human Rights Watch report on Venezuela

This is the response of Maduro’s Foreign Minister, Jorge Ariza, to our report on the new atrocities committed by the regime, this time on the border with Colombia. Just ridiculous nicknames and conspiracy theories. Arguments? no one”Vivanco responded, citing the tweet.

Chavista picked up the glove and cut: “The only barbaric act is to submit an irresponsible report to encourage intervention.”.

“ … these are the atrocities committed by his system in Apure: 1) Extrajudicial executions 2) Torture 3) Arbitrary arrests and actions against civilians in military courtsVikando responded, listing some of the complaints contained in the organization’s report.

Meanwhile, Ariza accused Human Rights Watch of funding from the US Congress and “suspicious” businessmen from that country.

Jose Miguel Vivanco and Jorge Arizaa exchange on the Human Rights Watch report on Venezuela
Jose Miguel Vivanco and Jorge Arizaa exchange on the Human Rights Watch report on Venezuela

Human Rights Watch You don’t get a dollar from the US Congress or from any government. We also do not receive funding from “dark businessmen” or human rights violators.Vivanco responded again. “Instead, you represent a regime responsible for these atrocities,” he added, citing the report again.

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The organization framed its allegations in context The attack launched by the Nicolas Maduro regime in March against the irregular groups in Apure He requested investigations with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations Fact-Reporting Mission to Venezuela to investigate the matter.

Human Rights Watch confirmed in the report that the Venezuelan operation “led to the At least four farmers were executed, arbitrarily arrested, civilians tried before military courts, and residents tortured Accused of collaborating with armed groups. “

Pictured is Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Ariza.  EFE / Raul Martinez / Archive
Pictured is Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Ariza. EFE / Raul Martinez / Archive

“ The atrocities committed against the residents of Aburi are not isolated incidents by rebel agents, but they are In line with the systematic violations committed by Maduro’s security forcesVivanco said in the report.

else On 21 March, members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces began fighting in Apure Against irregular groups that the authorities never identified, but the non-governmental organization Fundaredes described them as alleged dissidents of the dissolved Colombian gangs FARC.

The conflict nearly continued Three weeks, and caused the exodus of more than 6,000 Venezuelans to ColombiaAccording to the data of the mentioned organization.

The Union confirmed that the attack resulted in the killing of eight soldiers, nine “terrorists” and more than 40 detainees.

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Human Rights Watch claims in its report that Many of the detainees “were not members of armed groups,” but were local residents, After interviewing 38 people who fled Aburi, as well as 30 lawyers, forensic experts, community leaders, journalists, Colombian authorities and representatives of humanitarian groups.

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The displaced persons interviewed were identified as responsible for violations FANB, Special Action Forces (FAES) of the Bolivarian National Police, the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and the National Anti-Extortion and Abduction Command (CONAS).

With information from EFE

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