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Venezuela: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th February 2020.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of Human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, published on 5 July 2019, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in that country.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

The United Kingdom remains alarmed at the deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela. Actions of the Maduro regime have led to social and economic collapse and millions of misplaced people including many refugees, to neighbouring countries threatening regional stability and security. It is a man-made humanitarian crisis exacerbated by years of economic mismanagement, hyperinflation, shortages of food and medicine, and very serious human rights violations.

As a member of the Human Rights Council, Venezuela has a duty to uphold the highest standards of human rights and cooperate with the Council and its mechanisms. The United Kingdom will continue to support the work done by the Human Rights Council in Venezuela, and is committed to supporting a broad human rights agenda in the country.

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