Venezuela to review relationship with Office of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in light of ill-advised declarations

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela regrets and rejects the ill-advised statements made today by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, during the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Her unbalanced report is mandated by a politicized resolution of the Human Rights Council, promoted by the Government of the United States through the self-proclaimed Lima Group, in clear violation of the norms and principles governing the treatment of han rights issues.  

It is of great concern that the High Commissioner yields to pressure from anti-Venezuelan actors and makes biased statements far from the truth, echoing media campaigns and presenting ideologized speculations as facts. In spite of the presence of her Office in the field and the fluid dialogue mechanisms existing with the Venezuelan State, derived from the recently renewed Letter of Understanding on technical assistance and cooperation, the information handled and presented by the High Commissioner is not very different from that disseminated by governments and media that aspire to a scenario of violence in Venezuela.

In view of the unfounded accusations made, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela will submit the relationship with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the forthcoming renewal of the Letter of Commitment to a review, in order to guarantee the strict and necessary adherence to the principles of objectivity, non-selectivity, impartiality, non-interference in the internal affairs and constructive dialogue. In this sense, Venezuela aspires to greater rigour and objectivity on the part of the High Commissioner and her technical teams.

 Caracas, march 11th, 2021