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Despite the humanitarian work of international organizations, the progress that has been made in restoring democracy in Venezuela has not been much
The democratic crisis in Venezuela is a reason for the discussion of leaders throughout the world. From the European Union to its neighboring countries, everyone, regardless of political affinity, affirms only one thing: the crisis must end. However, what is the role of international organizations in trying to restore democracy in that country?
International organizations have been created in favor of human rights, which is not conceivable without democracy. Although on paper, organizations such as the UN or the Organization of American States (OAS) must guarantee the fulfillment of democracy in the States in order to preserve peace. In LatinAmerican Post we believe that much has remained in words and there must be a Real strengthening of these institutions so that situations like the one in Venezuela stop.
On Wednesday, March 20, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, expressed in a press conference his concern about what is happening in Venezuela. In his message he denounced physical and psychological torture to the dissidents of the regime, blamed Cuba for bringing his 'failed regime' to Venezuela, but, above all, asked the international community and its agencies not to tolerate these violations of human rights anymore.
Precisely, to take out of the panorama a possibility of military intervention or political confrontations, these organisms should enter to intercede in favor of the Venezuelans and all the people who are being affected by the regime. Bearing this in mind, the humanitarian role that they should fulfill is not being achieved, especially considering that, as denounced by Almagro, the agencies are aware of torture, threats, and kidnappings.
Although Nicolás Maduro is in the eye of the storm for the international community and the requests of different nations towards organizations such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), few advances are being made, while thousands of people continue to migrate from the country and other millions are affected day by day.
One of the initiatives of South American governments this new year was to move away from Unasur to make room for Prosur, a new structure of the region that excludes Venezuela. The presidents of Chile and Colombia were the main promoters and, in the words of the Chilean president, it is "a place of meeting and dialogue, open to all the countries of South America and without ideologies." The Forum for the Progress of South America began on Friday, March 22, and will seek to create plans that benefit the region.
We will have to see if this new organization begins a more forceful work regarding what happens in Venezuela and if the others begin to pay close attention to the problem of the crisis in this Latin American country. The creation of Prosur may be the impetus that the region needs to stop the Maduro regime. Likewise, Almagro's call to the OAS should serve to strengthen multilateral organizations and fulfill their primary function: to ensure compliance with human rights.
LatinAmerican Post | Editorial Team
Translated from "¿Dónde están los organismo internacionales en la crisis de Venezuela?