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Senator Andreychuk appeals for impartiality of state institutions in Venezuela

Senator Andreychuk today expressed her concern over Venezuela’s apparent politicization of state institutions amid protests that have gripped the country since early February.

“Political considerations must not be allowed to overshadow Venezuelans’ human and civil rights and the integrity of Venezuela’s democratic institutions,” said Senator Andreychuk.

For months, thousands of Venezuelans have been protesting deteriorating security conditions, corruption, inflation, food shortages and lawlessness in Venezuela. At least 42 people have been killed, and hundreds have been wounded or arrested. The abuses have been repeatedly condemned by United Nations human rights experts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International, as well as by Canada and likeminded countries.

“It is critical at this juncture that all parties renounce violence and commit to dialogue to bring about a lasting political solution,” added Senator Andreychuk. “We Canadians will continue to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Venezuela through this difficult period.”

Background

On June 12, 1014, Senator Andreychuk moved the following motion in the Senate of Canada:

That the Senate of Canada take note of the ongoing tensions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and that it urge the Government of Venezuela to:

1. immediately end all unlawful acts of violence and repression against civilians, including the activities of armed civilian groups, and

2. commit to meaningful and inclusive dialogue centred on the need to:

(a) restore the rule of law and constitutionalism, including the independence of the judiciary and other state institutions;

(b) respect and uphold international human rights obligations, including the freedoms of expression and the press; and,

(c) take swift and appropriate measures to curb inflation, corruption and lawlessness, and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Venezuelans.

That the Senate of Canada further encourage all parties and parliamentarians in Venezuela to:

1. encourage their supporters to refrain from violence and the destruction of public and private property; and,

2. commit to dialogue aimed at achieving a political solution to the current crisis and its causes.

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Shaughn McArthur 613-996-4600