This week, an agreement to publicly withdraw from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance was signed by foreign affairs ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), including Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Yesterday the General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) approved by consensus the Social Charter of the Americas, a project Venezuela has been pushing since 2001, and which outlines social, cultural, and economic rights.
Venezuela’s Vice-minister for African Foreign Relations, Reinaldo Bolivar, has described relations between Africa and the South American nation as “better than ever” as the country’s capital took part in celebrations in aid of UNESCO’s seventh worldwide “Africa week”.
With a massive walk-out on Thursday, members of the European Parliament rejected a resolution expressing “worry” over Venezuela’s possible withdrawal from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered extra troops to the Colombian border yesterday amid reports that Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas may have crossed into Venezuela after attacking the Colombian army.
Debate over migration has arisen in Venezuela as opposition forces argue that many professionals, businesses, and upper class residents are emigrating from the country, while those aligned with the government argue that Venezuela has become a “pole of attraction.”
A German news website has revealed that the German government has been pushing for Eurozone countries to adopt a more active role in backing the current Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), in the run up to this year’s presidential elections.
Defence ministers from Union of South American Nations (Unasur) member states met yesterday for the release of a report detailing each country’s military spending. Ministers and diplomats from the twelve nation regional bloc also pledged further military integration, proposing the creation of a Citizen Security Council.
Venezuela’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicolás Maduro, called on countries in the region to create institutions to defend human rights within organizations like the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).