Venezuela’s social, human rights organizations express our concern about the actions undertaken by Colombian irregular armed groups in Apure state, threatening and violating the human rights of the population, displacing them both in Venezuelan territory and to Colombian neighboring localities, and causing the death of officers from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and members of irregular groups.
Colombia’s domestic war, which has raged for decades, and Colombia’s condition as the world’s first cocaine producing, exporting country have a negative impact on Venezuela, a country that has received Colombian refugees in the last 30 years
This situation has worsened as the Colombian government refuses to comply with the peace agreements endorsed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, guarantee the safety of social leaders – who have been killed on a daily basis -, and fight coca production and export, not to mention the Colombian government’s hostility towards the Venezuelan government.
Recent days’ events suppose a radicalization of the armed groups operating on the Colombian border, trying to occupy Venezuelan territory for their criminal activities and exercising violence against the civilian population, just as Colombia has historically done so.
It is widely known that Colombia’s internal violence has turned it into the country with the highest number of displaced people in the world, with an estimated of 8 million people displaced, a situation Colombia seems to start bringing to Venezuelan territory.
In this context, we urged the Venezuelan state to guarantee sovereignty, territorial integrity and peace in Apure’s territory, understanding that if the use of force to protect the population is necessary, it should be done by fully guaranteeing human rights.
In this regard, we urged the Attorney General’s Office and the Ombudsman’s Office that in the event of receiving complaints on alleged violations committed by state security forces or irregular groups, they must be investigated and processed in the shortest possible time.
Finally, we call on the Venezuelan Government to continue with and speed up the necessary measures for Apure’s displaced population to return home with the guarantee of their security and protection from future actions of these irregular groups.
- Red Venezolana de Derechos Humanos
- Asociación Venezolana de Juristas
- Género con Clase
- Red Ciega
- Rompiendo la Norma
- Base Lésbica Venezuela
- Movimiento social de la Sexo Diversidad (estado Bolívar)
- Movimiento social sexo diversidad Ronny Ortega (estado Aragua)
- Colectivo Juventud Rebelde Venezuela
- Fundación Embajada de Derechos Humanos
- Heroínas Sin Barreras
- Dignidad LGBTIQ Venezuela
- Fundación Academia ARMIF
- Frente Bicentenario de Mujeres 200
- Movimiento de la SexoDiversidad Unexca
- Red La Araña Feminista
- SexoDiversidad Campesina
- Fundación de Víctimas contra el Sicariato Campesino
- FVEU Sexo Diversidad Nacional
- Movimiento de Pobladoras y Pobladores
- Bloque Socialista de Liberación Homosexual
- Consejo Nacional de la Diversidad Sexual
- Juventud Sexo Diversa del Movimiento Paz y Vida
- Movimiento Social Sexodiversidad (estado Apure)
- Soy Diversa de Juventud Rebelde
- Movimiento de Mujeres por la Patria Latinoamericana
- Movimiento de Abogados por la Patria Grande