Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela
Human Rights Council – 54th Session
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Branka Bell
Thank you, Mr. President.
We thank the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) for its continued work documenting human rights violations and abuses in Venezuela, including those involving widespread repression and tactics against perceived opponents of the regime.
The FFM has called attention to Venezuela’s recent draft laws that would severely limit civil society’s ability to operate freely and that the FFM has warned would be a point of no return for civic space in the country.
It has also shined a light on cases of arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings. We call for the release of all political prisoners and for Venezuela to continue granting OHCHR access to detention centers. We also call for the perpetrators of these crimes to be held accountable.
The United States stands by all human rights defenders, victims and survivors of abuse, trade unions, journalists, and political leaders, who persevere in the face of arbitrary detention, threats, and reprisals. Despite these challenges, they continue to fight for the human rights of all Venezuelans.
I would like to ask the distinguished members of the FFM, how can States support civil society actors under attack in Venezuela?
I thank you.