[News] Former UN Rapporteur on Human Rights: US Sanctions Have Killed More Than 100 Thousand Venezuelans
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Former UN Rapporteur on Human Rights: US Sanctions Have Killed More
Than 100 Thousand Venezuelans
March 2, 2020
- <https://orinocotribune.com/author/orinocotribune/> Alfred de Zayas
The Swiss-American historian and Human Rights expert, Alfred de Zayas,
said that more than 100,000 Venezuelans have died as a result of the
sanctions implemented by the United States government and that such
deaths were due to the impossibility of timely access to medicines.
De Zayas, who served as an independent expert for the United Nations
Human Rights Council for the promotion of an international democratic
and egalitarian order, participated on Wednesday in the forum
“Unilateral Coercive Measures as a crime against humanity: The case of
Venezuela”, held in Geneva, Switzerland, and which was attended by
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, as well as other academics
specializing in international law.
Referring to the effects of unilateral sanctions and citing economists
Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the professor said that considering
only the year 2018, 40,000 of those deaths were caused by the sanctions.
For that reason, he does not hesitate to affirm: “February 13 is a key
day in the Venezuelan case. Unilateral coercive measures kill, I found
in my report, constitute a crime against humanity.”
On the other hand, the historian also alluded to Venezuelan migration.
In his opinion, “the migratory flows of Venezuela have their origin in
financial suffocation, in the blockade. That is the cause and they want
to ignore it, they seek to blame the victim”, in reference to the
criminalization of Venezuelan migration and other xenophobic practices
that are growing in some countries of Latin America, as well as the
almost hegemonic tendency to blame the government of President Nicolás
Maduro and even that of his predecessor, Commander Hugo Chávez, for
being responsible for the crisis and forcing the exit of millions of
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For de Zayas, the brakes on coercive measures implemented against the
government and people of Venezuela, denounced last week by Foreign
Minister Arreaza before the International Court of Justice as crimes
against humanity, is the action of UN Human Rights Council from a
multilateral perspective. Only this would prevent more vulnerable people
“We must save multilateralism, we must demand the Human Rights Council
provide advice, the necessary technical assistance to the Venezuelan
people, to prevent more vulnerable people from losing their lives,” he said.
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Translated by JRE/EF
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