Venezuela and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights adjust work plan before Covid-19 contingency

As part of the technical accompaniment of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ohchr), on Tuesday, the eighth meeting was held, virtually, between representatives of the Interinstitutional Committee for the Follow-up of the Cooperation of the Bolivarian Government and the Ohchr.

During the meeting, a balance of the measures that each of the institutions have taken to adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic and to guarantee respect for human rights was made. Likewise, they also reviewed the work plan: deadlines and methodology to adjust to the dynamics imposed by virus prevention and containment measures.

“The balance of the meeting was positive, as it shows that despite the context imposed by Covid-19, Venezuela continues to advance in cooperation and dialogue with the office of the High Commissioner (…). Venezuela also ratifies the will to cooperate with these international human rights organizations”

said the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Council (NHRC) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Larry Devoe.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Public Ministry, Ombudsman, Supreme Court of Justice, Public Defense, People’s Power Ministry for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, People’s Power Ministry for Defense, People’s Power Ministry for Penitentiary Service, the Military Criminal Judicial Circuit and the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations; and a team of two OHRC officers.

The representatives of the different entities agreed to organize a meeting within 15 days to evaluate and follow up on the implementation of each and every one of the actions contained in the work plan and in the Letter of Understanding, signed in September 2019 by the Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and the High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, as well as the work plan agreed between the Venezuelan State and the UN body.

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