Fundalatin from UN-Geneva: US blockade puts at risk the lives of 12 children with cancer in Venezuela

During the oral update made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Venezuela, the president of the Latin American Foundation for Human Rights and Social Development (Fundalatin), María Eugenia Russián, insisted on the negative effects that unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against the Venezuelan population have.

The NGO representative reiterated her concern for children with leukemia who have not been able to receive their bone marrow transplants, as banks refuse to make the necessary transfers to pay for these treatments for fear of being sanctioned by the United States Department of Treasury.

“In recent weeks we have documented 12 new cases of children who need their transplants in order to live. Deyerson is one of them, is just 16 years old and suffers from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Doctors say he has to receive an urgent bone marrow transplant. The life of these patients are at risk”, explained Russián.

Also, during her speech Bachelet mentioned that of the 39 cases presented by Fundalatin on children in need of bone marrow transplants, “15 are in a critical situation”.

These patients were treated through the medical assistance program executed by PDVSA-Citgo, which guaranteed all resources for the payment of transplants, specialized examinations and provision of medicines to guarantee the lives of these children.

On the other hand, the President of Fundalatin urged the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, to “demand justice for Orlando Figuera – young man who was lynched and burned alive by anti-government sectors – since the authorities of Spain refuse to extradite the person indicated as responsible for his murder, promoting impunity in this case”.

Finally, Fundalatin referred to the cooperation that has been developing between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the authorities of the Venezuelan State.

However, she insisted that “the work of the technical team of the Office of the High Commissioner must be impartial, objective and free from any politicization that hinders all the effort”.

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