‘There is No Political Will’: Maduro Ignored Bachelet’s 2019 Human Rights Recommendations

first_imgBy Gustavo Ocando Alex/Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo Staff August 20, 2020 The Nicolás Maduro regime has partially addressed only two of the 23 recommendations that United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made in 2019 to revert and prevent human rights violations in Venezuela.Institutions that advocate for human rights, such as the Venezuelan Education-Action Program on Human Rights (PROVEA, in Spanish), came to this conclusion after analyzing the critical report the U.N. delegate submitted in July 2019, which was updated at least four times.On July 4, 2019, following six months of complaints against Nicolás Maduro for his alleged usurpation of power, Bachelet submitted a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council that was highly critical of the Venezuelan state for “grave violations of economic, social, civil, political, and cultural rights” that the office documented.The High Commissioner condemned an official strategy “aimed at neutralizing, repressing, and criminalizing political opponents and people critical of the government.” The report also concluded that the profound economic crisis has left the Venezuelan people without the means to fulfill their fundamental rights to food and health care.She also noted the militarization of state institutions and a reduction of space for independent media, among other human rights violations in Venezuela.Based on interviews with 558 victims and witnesses of such violations, the document included 23 recommendations urging the Maduro regime to guarantee availability and access to food, water, medicine, and health care services.Other requests included ending extrajudicial torture and executions and liberating all detainees being arbitrarily deprived of their liberty. The petition also sought to end and condemn selective persecution and repression for political reasons and to dissolve the National Police’s Special Actions Forces (FAES, in Spanish).Calixto Ávila, a human rights consultant and PROVEA representative in Europe, told Voice of America that his organization, one of the oldest in Venezuela, noted that Maduro has ignored 21 of the proposals that Bachelet submitted to improve the human rights situation in the country.“There have only been positive steps in two of the 23 recommendations. The first has to do with the presence of officials [from Bachelet]; and the second relates to increasing the capacity of vaccination programs,” information that UNICEF has made public, but the regime has not, Ávila said.The presence of the Office of the High Commissioner is an “important step” for human rights in Venezuela, says the PROVEA representative, but Bachelet’s officers were unable to enter detention centers controlled by the military and intelligence agencies, where many political prisoners are held and deprived of their liberty, he added.Propaganda rather than respectThe High Commissioner for Human Rights has updated her report four times: in September and December 2019; in March, before the pandemic was declared; and in late June, when she specified that her office has continued to document restrictions in the country’s civil and democratic spaces.During her last presentation before the Human Rights Council, Bachelet stated that the Supreme Court of Justice’s latest decisions on the new electoral power and the main opposition parties “reduce the possibility to create the conditions for credible and democratic electoral processes.”In her opinion, “people in Venezuela continue to suffer grave violations of economic and social rights due to low salaries, high food prices, persisting deficiencies in public services such as electricity, water, and fuel shortages, as well as precarious access to health care.”Liliana Ortega, a lawyer and founder of the Relatives of Victims Committee (COFAVIC, in Spanish), one of Venezuela’s most experienced human rights nongovernmental organizations, highlights that the updates to the High Commissioner’s report reveal “poor cooperation” from the Maduro regime.“They reveal the state’s failure to comply with and cooperate in the most fundamental aspects, as well as the worsening of the situation that she pointed out in July 2019, when she visited the country,” she told Voice of America.The Venezuelan state must comply with every recommendation that the U.N. representative has made, Ortega said.From Belgium, the PROVEA adviser said that for 21 of Bachelet’s recommendations, there is no progress, no way to evaluate them, or there are setbacks.Among the neglected recommendations, PROVEA urges guaranteeing access to humanitarian assistance, under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence.The organization also prioritizes health care and access to water for the population during the pandemic. The dissolution of FAES, which Ávila calls a “death squad,” and the liberation of all political prisoners are other imperatives.last_img read more

Nassau Firefighter BBQ Cook-off Promotes Grilling Safety

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County firefighters faced off in the annual BBQ Cook-off on Friday.Nassau County firefighters traded entinguishing flames for firing up their barbeques during their annual BBQ grill-off, using the event as a chance to promote grilling safety.Firefighters gathered in the parking lot of Fairway Marketplace in Westbury to show off their BBQ skills for the 5th Annual Firefighter Cook-off, the first time it wasn’t held at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center. Aside from winning over the judges, the chefs aimed to teach the public how to be safe as BBQ season gets underway on Long Island.“The one thing you should keep in mind before using any grill is to make sure it is maintained, cleaned and in good shape before you light it,” said John Murray, chief instructor  at the firefighter center.Firefighters from Bethpage, Rockville Centre and East Meadow faced off Friday, putting together mouth-watering dishes for a panel of judges, including Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Vincent Olivieri, Fairway’s café executive chef.The parking lot was filled with free food, drinks, and samples from 24 different vendors along with a DJ, as residents and shoppers cheered for their local firefighters.Each team was given a $100 shopping card to select their choice of meats, spices and other ingredients to try and win the judges over.The firefighters center in Garden City opened in 2006 to educate Long Islanders about fire safety and prevention as well as showcase their history. Fairway sponsored this and a number of other grill-offs all across the tri-state area.“We are constant supporters of theirs every year,” said Jacqueline Donovan, vice president of Fairway marketing, “We love to give back to the community, and we love to educate the public.”Winning 1st place was a tie between The Bethpage and Rockville Centre fire departments. They won a $500 gift card to Fairway and later all will be invited to attend a shopping night for the firefighters’ charity of choice.last_img read more

Shelter Island Pilot Injured in Plane Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 80-year-old pilot was critically wounded when the single-engine plane was flying crash landed shortly after takeoff at a small airstrip in his hometown of Shelter Island on Monday evening.Shelter Island Town Police said Michael Russo was flying his Cessna 162 out of Klenawicus Airfield, when the plane went down at about 6:30 p.m.The pilot was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.last_img

US 50 daytime closure pushed back to Thursday

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—The daytime closure on U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg has been delayed to Thursday due to forecasted rain.The right lane of EB U.S. 50 will close at  8:30 a.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday for deep patching near Tanner’s Creek Drive in Lawrenceburg, weather permitting. Motorists should expect delays in the area and use caution near the work zone.last_img

India Tour of New Zealand 2nd T20I broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs NZ live Broadcast

first_imgAfter the 80-run hammering on Wednesday, a desperate India will be eyeing for a strong comeback against New Zealand in the second contest of the three-match Twenty20 rubber at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.While the visitors face a must-win situation, another victory for the Kiwis will seal a moral series victory win for them.In the first game, neither the Indian batsmen nor the bowlers clicked as they succumbed before a clinical all-round show by the hosts. Kiwi opener Tim Seifert (84 off 43) hammered the Indian bowlers all around the Park on Wednesday and it would be crucial to pack back him early on Friday.What time does the 2nd T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The first T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 8, Friday at Eden Park, Auckland.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at Eden Park in Auckland from 12.00PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, M.S. Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.last_img read more