Venezuela’s Downward Spiral – Human Rights Council action needed (UN statement)

The ICJ today joined 91 other NGOs in calling on the UN Human Rights Council to act in response to the downward spiral for human rights in Venezuela.

The joint statement was delivered on behalf of the group by Human Rights Watch during a general debate (check against delivery).

“Spiralling downwards with no end in sight”: That’s how a group of UN Special Procedures, including the Special Rapporteurs on health, adequate housing, extreme poverty and food categorized Venezuela in January of this year. This is also the title of a report released by the OHCHR on June 22, which paints a devastating picture of arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings coupled with a severe shortage of food and basic medicines.

One Venezuelan mother interviewed by OHCHR said: “I have a little baby that cries and cries because I can´t feed her. The baby’s milk formula costs 3 million Bolivars and my husband only makes 1.2 million a month. (…) My neighbours told me that if I don’t vote for the Government they will take the food, the cash bonus and my house from me. They control the electoral authority, so they know for which party you vote.”

The UN Human Rights Council can no longer look away. Venezuela has spiralled into a human rights and humanitarian crisis that demands urgent action. The crackdown on dissent continues. The population has lost an average of 11 kilos in 2017. Most Venezuelans go to bed hungry, and according to the UNHCR, more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled the country, for reasons including political persecution, violence, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. As a result, a 2,000 percent increase in asylum applications has been recorded across Latin America since 2014, and hundreds of thousands remain in an irregular situation, which increases their vulnerability.

Today’s joint statement delivered by Peru on behalf of 53 States adds to the chorus of international concern. The Human Rights Council also needs to step up and address the human rights violations suffered by the Venezuelan people at the hands of a member of this Council. We encourage continued reporting by the High Commissioner, and hope that today’s joint statement paves the way for the international investigation that the High Commissioner has called for and which is so desperately needed.

Acceso a la Justicia

Acción Solidaria

ACCSI Acción Ciudadana Contra el SIDA

Action for Solidarity

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies


Ana Belloso


Asociación Civil Fuerza, Unión, Justicia, Solidaridad y Paz (FUNPAZ)

Aula Abierta

Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum

Cátedra de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centrooccidental Lisandro Alvarado

Center for Justice and International Law

Centro de Acción y Defensa por los Derechos Humanos – Cadef

centro de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Metropolitana (CDH-UNIMET)

Centro de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello

Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (CSMM)

Centro de Formación para la Democracia (CFD Venezuela)

Centro de Justicia y Paz – CEPAZ

Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos – PROMSEX

Centro para la Paz y los DDHH de la Universidad Central de Venezuela

Centro para la Paz y los DDHH Universidad Central de Venezuela

Centro Regional de derechos Humanos y Justicia de Genero: Corporación Humanas



Civilis Derechos Humanos

Clínica Jurídica de Migrantes y Refugiados de la Universidad Diego Portales


Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas de la Universidad del Zulia

Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la Federación de Colegios de Abogados de Venezuela del Estado Tachira

Comisión para los Derechos Humanos del estado Zulia, Codhez

Comisión para los Derechos Humanos y la Ciudadanía (CODEHCIU)


Conectas Direitos Humanos

Convite AC

Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos

Defensa y Justicia Carabobo

Defiende venezuela


Epikeia, Observatorio Universitario de Derechos Humanos

Espacio Público

EXCUBITUS derechos humanos en educacion


Federación interamericana de Abogados capitulo Venezuela seccional Anzoategui

Foro Penal

Franciscans International

Fundacion Aguaclara

Fundación Espacio Abierto


Fundación Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes

Fundación para el Debido Proceso (DPLF)


Humano Derecho Radio Estacion

Human Rights Watch

Iniciativa Por Venezuela

Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

International Commission of Jurists

International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)

International Service for Human Rights

Ipys Venezuela

Juventud Unida en Acción

Laboratorio de Paz

Madres de Soacha (Colombia)

María Estrella de la Mañana

Maria Eugenia

Misión Scalabriniana Ecuador

Monitor Social A.C. (Venezuela-Edo. Nva Esparta)

Movimiento Vinotinto


Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de Los Andes

Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social (OVCS)

Observatorio Venezolano de la Salud

Organización StopVIH

PADF Honduras

Padres organizados de Venezuela

Paz y Esperanza

Pedro Luis Echeverria


Prepara Familia

Promoción Educación y Defensa en DDHH (PROMEDEHUM)

Revista SIC del Centro Gumilla

Robert F Kennedy Human Rights

Seguridad en Democracia (SEDEM)

Sin Fronteras IAP

Sinergia, Red Venezolana de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil

Thais Parra

Transparencia Venezuela


Una Ventana a la Libertad

Unión Afirmativa de Venezuela

Union Vecinal para la Participación Ciudadana A.C

West African Human Rights Defenders Network

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)


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