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Regardless of Amnesty Plans, Venezuelan Victims Demands Justice for Abuses



Regardless of Amnesty Plans, Venezuelan Victims Demands Justice for Abuses

On 27th January, Venezuela’s self-declared acting president and opposition leader Juan Guaido along with his supporters forced pamphlets into the hands of soldiers offering amnesty. In fact, it is a part of Guaido’s game plan to win over allies of President Nicolas Maduro to a provisional government. The reaction of the soldiers has been rejection. It was seen that some soldiers tore up the paper whereas some set fire to it. The paper pledges no civil or criminal punishment for acts that have been executed under Maduro’s government and which has been considered unlawful by the United States, Canada, and many Latin American countries. While it’s doubtful that Guaido would be giving up on a plan that political strategists have long discussed will be a crucial part of an effort to take off military support away from the Maduro government, worries are also cropping up from human rights groups and victims of serious abuses. Bonny de Simonovis, wife of Ivan Simonovis, a police chief who was arrested in 2002 and who is under house arrest stated that amnesty is good but it’s not good for human rights violators. Venezuela is not the first nation to face the enigma of how to aid growth from a government accused of abuses or armed conflict without letting the worst offenders free. This was a hot topic during the peace process in adjoining Colombia. The amnesty plan is due to be presented for consultation on 28th January with committees of victims and non-governmental human rights organizations, which have already cautioned that the benefits of the program can not cover people associated to crimes carried out against humanity like murder, political persecution, and torture among others. The honored Human Rights Center at Andres Bello Catholic University stated that the final amnesty law produced by the National Assembly, the legislative body that Guaido heads, must include a clear clause barring public enemy who carried out serious human rights crimes.


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