Venezuelan Government Accused of Human Rights Violations

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Rafael Augusto | @ancient_scrolls

On Tuesday, May 14th Amnesty International requested the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela’s government for causing a series of “crimes against humanity”.

During a report presented in Mexico, Erika Guevara, a Director for the Americas at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International reported about several human rights violations caused by the use of force by Maduro’s Government.

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Venezuelan General Speaks Against Maduro’s Regime

Rafael Augusto B.L. De Oliveira | @ancient_scrolls

Ramon Rangel, a Venezuelan Air Force General, has asked military officers to “rise up”. In a YouTube video uploaded over the weekend, Rangel expressed his concerns of Venezuela permanently becoming a communist dictatorship controlled by Maduro’s allies in Cuba. 

“We have to find a way to get rid of the fear, to go out into the streets, to protest, and to seek a military union to change this political system.”

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Intervention in Venezuela Is Not in Our Interests

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Similar to former President Obama’s uncertainty to intervene in Libya, President Trump is hesitant to commit U.S. troops to Venezuela. This country, which has faced numerous economic crises, is now mired in a political conflict between a US-backed resistance and the government. There are calls for humanitarian actions to prevent the Venezuelan government from harming its people. Others cite the Monroe doctrine to push Russian and Chinese influence outside of Latin America. But the use of military action creates many unknown scenarios, making it challenging to predict what the outcome might be. It is better to use caution than take the risk.

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