OAS: ‘Crimes Against Humanity Have Been Committed in Venezuela’

A long-awaited report by a panel of independent experts appointed by the OAS just came out: there’s sufficient evidence of crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

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Last September, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro named a panel of three international experts to determine if Nicolas Maduro’s government had committed “crimes against humanity.” More than eight months later, the report is finally out.

The 400-page report (supported by another 400 pages of annexes) clearly concludes that “…there are reasonable grounds, that satisfy the standard of proof required by Article 53 of the Rome Statute, for considering that acts to which the civilian population of Venezuela was subjected to dating back to at least February 12, 2014, constitute crimes against humanity, in accordance with Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

The report includes testimonies from several witnesses (gathered from five public hearings and submissions), along with information given by Venezuelan and international organizations, and it recommends that the OAS Secretary-General submits its result and all related evidence to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office. It also asks other signatories of the Rome Statute to demand an ICC investigation over the matter.

Among the findings are 131 murder victims of the 2014 and 2017 protests whose perpetrators were either State Security officers or members of irregular pro-government armed groups; 1,300 cases of politically-motivated imprisonment; 8,292 extrajudicial executions (since 2015) and 12,000 cases of arbitrary detentions.

In February, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced the opening of a “preliminary examination” of possible crimes committed in Venezuela at least since April, 2017. The road to The Hague is already long and winding, but today it got a little shorter.

The full OAS report is now available in both English and Spanish.

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    • Chavistas cannot enjoy their money outside of Venezuela, they may not be able to get out of Venezuela altogether without risking being put in a slammer.

      So either they achieve the Democratic Peoples Republic of Venezuela or they hand over power as other criminal militaries have done (like Argentina and Chile) and negotiate immunity and enforce it for as long as they can.

      So far they seem to be going the route of DPR Venezuela.

  1. Semi OT, but Maduro has announced that the new Bolivar Supreme (not the one on the Taco Bell menu) is not quite ready for prime time, and at least 60 days delay in the roll out.

    https://www.aporrea.org/economia/n325831.html

    At present rate of inflation, will be 10M Bs (“strong”) to USD in another 3 months. They will certainly need to make it 6 zeros instead of three zeros. Maybe that is the real story behind the delay.

    • Jeez, even their hyperbole suffers from hyperinflation: “dos meses es un tiempo demasiado corto para darnos la certeza y seguridad para que el día pautado sea un éxito al 1000%”

    • They should just make the money with blank boxes after the first digit, and issue different color crayons each month so you can fill in the new official value.

      Oh, wait. I forgot:

      The VZ school system already owes Crayola a few hundred million real dollars, and they won’t sell any more to the country.

      (For those lacking in humor, no…they don’t actually owe Crayola any money.)

    • Yeah, just read that they’re going to extend the current bills in circulation for something like 90 days. So we’ll have circulating together:

      1) The new new bills
      2) The old new bills
      3) The old old bills

      Something priced at 150,000 bs can be purchased at that price with the old new bills and the old old bills, and for 150 bs with the new new bills. By transfer? I haven’t a clue.

      Currently, almost no one accepts the 100 bs note, the 50 bs and below went away long ago.

      What a cluster fuck.

        • A kilo of maiz trillado right now is at 150,000 bs here at the shop. There are still a few items at less than that………a kilo of masa is priced at 70,000 bs, a cubito is 30,000 bs, cheapo chucharia 30-50,000 bs,caramelo at 10,000 bs, etc.

          I see prices doubling every two weeks or so, depending on the product. Sardines we last sold for 250,000 bs, my woman found in Maturin today priced at 1,000,000 bs per can. It’s crazy trying to run a business here. There’s no way to outflank inflation.

          I’ve told her to stock only what can be sold very quickly, and if it sits more than a week or so, to mark the price up 50% automatically when she goes to sell it. It’s the only way to MAYBE have enough on hand to replace the item when you next head to the market to replenish. Now that I think of it, I’m going to have her mark the date of each purchase so we can better track and price what we’re selling.

          Few businesses remain open here locally. Those that are have reduced hours. We have greatly reduced our hours. I spend much of my time now trying to kill the fucking iguanas raiding my garden. LOL

          A neighbor told me today he was in Punta de Mata and the main street through town was shut down with protestors. He asked a guy what they were protesting and the answer came back, “there is no food”. The neighbor (who is definitely not a chavista) told the guy, “yet I bet most of them sold their vote for a kilo of corn meal”. He says at that point the two almost got into a fight.

          I suspect the neighbor had hit the nail on the head.

          • MR
            I got your e-mail and I will be assembling the packages. I answered you back and I forwarded the Amazon notices that the supplies for Crystal had shipped.
            Amazon Prime includes free shipping for most things. It is easier to order and have things sent directly to Maria for shipping than buying here and then sending to her. This should speed things up a bit.
            As soon as I know that the supplements are the right ones, I will get more moving to Crystal.

  2. About all this “They can not leave the country” I dont want to know how many passports/ identities each of them have. Easy to go out and come in again. OK Maduro is too dumb for that but most of the others not. They probably also have bank accounts with faked IDs

  3. One thing that Maduro et al have going for them is their ability to trade power for an amnesty a la FARC in Columbia. Moreover, they can continue to pillage Venezuela until they receive a firm deadline after which amnesty is off the table. But I am skeptical about any such imposed deadline because no matter how many are killed by violence or starvation, the Pope and/or leftists in Europe, South America or elsewhere will extend amnesty to avert civil conflict and that my friends is the reason Maduro still has lots of time left on the clock to revolutionize Venezuela.

  4. Gustavo, thanks for reporting this. I’ve just looked at the executive summary. It looks like a very comprehensive report with a full analysis. There are some eye-popping numbers. A long read but no doubt a valuable read.

  5. Oh, this really waters down the whole crimes against humanity thing.

    No way in hell I would ever minimize the suffering there, but come on. This is just politics, certainly not crimes against humanity up to any parity with “real” crimes against humanity.

    It’s ridiculous, and barking up the wrong tree.

    • Yes, politics are involved. But there is a defined legal threshold for “crimes against humanity”. While the crimes committed don’t rise to the level of WWII atrocities, they do reach the currently accepted legal definition.

      • But what about the atrocities in Africa over the last two decades?

        I understand what you’re saying, but Crimes Against Humanity was created as a legal standard to prosecute mass, politically sponsored murder, whether state murder or rebel murder. Under this standard, FARC and ELN should be indicted. (Good luck with that.)

        But Chavismo?

        I just hasn’t risen to that level yet.

  6. ” In spite of this oppression, plundering and abandonment, we respond with life. Neither floods nor plagues, famines nor cataclysms, nor even the eternal wars of century upon century, have been able to subdue the persistent advantage of life over death.” Marquez

    • This is a silly attitude to take.

      The reason there IS a report that can be used in proceedings against this regime is that the OAS has known for quite some time what happens in Venezuela.

      The report is not an aggregation of news stories, like your twitter feed, say, but a compilation of testimony from the very people involved. With names, ranks, chains of command and the rest of the enchilada. Which as you may well imagine is not easy to get, verify, document and prepare to be used in legal proceedings.

      This is not Insulza’s OAS. There is no “agua tibia”.

      The water, más bien, is getting hotter and hotter.

      Just remember, this isn’t Law & Order: Failed Banana Republic. The bad guys don’t go to jail 44 minutes from now.

      But they are a lot closer.

      • The OAS is a joke.

        If the oil price quadrupled tomorrow and the shit nation members reaped a financial benefit from VZ’s loyalty buying, they would turn a blind eye to this dictatorship in a heartbeat. Like they did before.

        The only reason they’re moving the other way now is that they see their gravy train is collapsing, and their positioning themselves for post-Chavismo.

        The U.S. should fucking bomb half of these worthless fucking islands.

  7. A bit off topic: What’s the consequence so far from having a bunch of countries not recognize the elections? Apart from the new US Sanctions, that I’m sure were underway before the elections, what has changed?

  8. It’s the only way to MAYBE have enough on hand to replace the item when you next head to the market to replenish.
    ——–

    What is confusing is that there still IS a market with goods to wholesale to suppliers. How much longer till those go away?

  9. Gustavo, I haven’t read the report, but what about torture, particularly of political prisoners, which I understand is fairly typical/prevalent, even of female prisoners (not to mention rape)?

    • There are sections on torture including the use of sexual violence/rape.

      People with a serious interest in Venezuela should read this report. It has become trite to call this regime a bunch of criminals. I really do not think most people will fully understand the scale and seriousness of the criminality of this regime, and they should read this report.

      • There’s rape in countless American prisoners as well, albeit male on male! In female prisons, they submissively comply for favors, both Hetero and lesbian.

        It’s PRISON, not Romper Room!

        • Torture, like applying electric current to your private parts until they blister, fracturing your ribs so they puncture your lungs and cause internal hemorrhage, introducing objects into women’s sexual cavities–this isn’t just normal depravity….

        • “There’s rape in countless American prisoners as well, albeit male on male! In female prisons, they submissively comply for favors, both Hetero and lesbian.”

          Yeah. And?

          Lots of POWs got shot or raped in WWII. Some of them by American, Canadian, etc. troops. Almost all of those were atrocities.

          Does this mean that the America, Canada, etc were guilty of crimes against humanity for those?

          In generally no. Because the prison raep, the POW shootings, and so on were rarely GOVERNMENT OR ORGANIZATIONAL POLICY.

          This stuff unquestionably is for the Chavistas.

          Ergo Crimes against Humanity, and premeditated to boot.

  10. Lmfao. It takes thr international community 20 years to admit that the most violent country on earth had “a few crimes against humanity”

    They are fucking worthless. will not solve anything. This is why the dictatorship will kill us all decades before fucking diplomats reach a consensus.

    Theres

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