Venezuela’s Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez presented a new report on the impacts of the economic blockade imposed by the United States. The document offers new data, statements and emails sent by private companies to Venezuelan public institutions, proving the effect of unilateral coercive measures.
“It is the summary of a work that we started in February 2020, when we presented our complaint to the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity committed by the US with the application of the blockade. Now we have completed a cycle,” said the vice president.
The Executive presented the document to the Public Ministry (MP) and the Attorney General’s Office for it to be taken to the Court in The Hague, where a case is underway that accuses the United States of committing a crime against humanity against the Venezuelan people due to the sanctions economic, the so-called “Venezuela II” case
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According to the new report, in six years of blockade, 192 people, 150 Venezuelan companies, 10 state-owned and the rest private, 69 vessels and 58 aircraft, were sanctioned. Even the government’s program for the distribution of food baskets, called the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP), was sanctioned.
Rodríguez asserts that Venezuela is the fifth country under the most sanctions out of a total of 34 nations that suffer from unilateral coercive measures by the US and the European Union.
During the press conference, the Venezuelan vice president presented e-mails from service providers confirming that they could not respond to requests from the Venezuelan government because of the sanctions. He also indicated that 16 foreign pharmaceutical companies closed their doors on Venezuelan territory after the start of the US blockade.
The report also presents a timeline that relates the laws and executive orders approved by Congress and the White House with the decrease in oil production in the country and other socioeconomic indicators.
In addition to the case ^Venezuela II” described above, there is another case in the International Criminal Court related to Venezuela, which accuses the government of having committed crimes against humanity against the Venezuelan population in 2017. It was filed in 2018 by the opposition linked to the former deputy Juan Guaidó.
A week ago, the report of the former prosecutor of the Court, Fatou Bensouda, who left office on June 15th, was released. In the report released last week, she endorsed a preliminary report that accused the Bolivarian government of committing crimes against humanity against the Venezuelan population. Now the case is in the hands of the new prosecutor, Karim Khan.
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The Venezuelan MP stated that Bensouda’s preliminary decisions did not consider the evidence presented by the Venezuelan state.
“The conclusions issued by the former prosecutor have no value in these circumstances. As we presented to the new prosecutor, Karim Khan, we are willing to demonstrate with facts the State’s role in this matter, expelling prejudices and prejudices that the former employee demonstrated with her partial performance in this case”, describe in a statement.
The Public Ministry also points out that, in the five years of Fatou Bensouda’s tenure in the International Criminal Court, she has not made any visits to the country and has not given any feedback on the five reports sent by the Venezuelan authorities.
Now it is up to the new Attorney General of the Court of The Hague to decide whether he considers the accusations of his predecessor to be well founded and to declare whether to open a formal investigation against the administration of Nicolás Maduro.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann