On Thursday, February 11, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, held a meeting with the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN), Alena Douhan, investigating the negative impacts of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States and Europe on the human rights of the Venezuelan people.
Douhan arrived in the country on January 30, tasked with evaluating the deleterious effects of economic sanctions and blockade on Venezuela. The meeting with President Maduro, in the Miraflores Palace, concluded Douhan’s official visit to Venezuela.
Hoy #11Feb sostuve una importante reunión con Alena Douhan, Relatora Especial de los DDHH de la ONU. Le expresé nuestro firme compromiso de continuar trabajando por el cumplimiento de los Objetivos del Desarrollo Sostenible, a pesar de las sanciones criminales contra Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/jhlrmyxGUa
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 12, 2021
Through his Twitter account, the national president confirmed that he expressed to the senior UN official the Venezuelan state’s commitment and efforts to continue its compliance with UN Sustainable Development Goals, despite criminal sanctions.
During her stay, Douhan met with officials of Maduro’s administration, the National Assembly, the judiciary, and the National Council for Human Rights, as well as representatives of international organizations, the diplomatic corps, sectors of the opposition, and NGOs.
The special rapporteur is expected to include her findings in a report that will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September.
Featured image: President Maduro met with UN Special Rapporteur on the Effects of Sanctions on Human Rights. Photo courtesy of Prensa Presidencial.
Translation: Orinoco Tribune