The leaders of Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Chile, members of the Lima Group, reiterated their commitment to the peaceful restoration of constitutional democracy in Venezuela today in Osaka on the margins of the G20.
During their meeting, Lima Group leaders strongly condemned the repression and systematic violation of human rights of Venezuelans by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro.
They urged the international community, the United Nations system, and its Secretary-General to strengthen measures to protect Venezuelans and alleviate the consequences of the humanitarian crisis, caused by the actions of the Maduro regime.
The leaders committed to working with the international community in redoubling efforts to resolve the crisis in Venezuela. They called upon those countries that still support the Maduro regime to consider the adverse impact that their support has on the Venezuelan people and throughout the region.
Finally, they called for a strengthened and unified international commitment to uphold the human rights of the Venezuelan people, including the freeing of all political prisoners; and pledged to work within the Lima Group and with all willing international partners towards a democratic and peaceful transition in Venezuela.
- The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint-Lucia, and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group, categorically reject the threat by the Maduro regime’s illegitimate National Constituent Assembly to unconstitutionally call for advanced elections of the National Assembly of Venezuela, which remains the only democratically elected legitimate authority.
- Any threat by the National Constituent Assembly and/or the illegitimate Maduro regime to the National Assembly represents an open affront to democracy and the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
- The illegitimate Maduro regime continues to systematically undermine institutions in Venezuela. This attempt to convene elections, in addition to the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of four more members of the National Assembly, is yet another clear violation of all democratic norms, as well as the rule of law and the Venezuelan Constitution.
- The Lima Group calls on the international community to speak with one voice and demand an end to these provocative and desperate actions by the illegitimate Maduro regime.
The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group, deeply deplore that the illegitimate and dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro, which is responsible for serious human rights violations, has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period of 2020 to 2022.
We renew our firm decision to carry out our best efforts to advance the Human Rights Council’s investigation of the systematic violations of human rights in Venezuela so that those responsible for these criminal acts are held to account.
Finally, we reiterate our unwavering commitment to continue promoting, together with the international community, the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.