Social organization SURES and FDIM hold Forum about the impact of unilateral coercive measures

Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2018

The social organization SURES and the International Democratic Women’s Federation FDIM held a forum in the framework of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, about “the negative impact of coercive measures on the human rights of the venezuelan people”.

The forum was attended by various social organizations around the world, to hear about the situation of human rights in Venezuela as a result of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by different countries of North America and Europe upon the country.

And so the director of SURES, Maria Lucrecia Hernandez stressed that “since 2014 to the present date 26 unilateral coercive measures have been imposed, which has obstructed the socio-economic development of the country and affected particularly the must vulnerable groups of people, such as children and adolescents, women, people with disabilities and those with chronic diseases”

Hernández also pointed out that these coercive measures, besides of being illegal, as told by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures against human rights, could constitute a crime of genocide, and lead to international responsibility upon those who applies them, according to regulated in article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The representative of the FDIM stressed how the women, who are in many cases the head of the family and who carry on the weight of taking care of their children, find it difficult to face, before this situation of economic blockade, make those tasks compatible with their work and with their right to political and social participation.

During the forum the assistants social organizations, raised their voices to show solidarity with the venezuelan people and express their resounding disagreement against the imposed economic blockade, and called upon the United Nations to take place on its cessation.

Courtesy: Sures social organization.

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