Venezuela was elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday for the period 2013-2016, sparking criticism both domestically and in the United States of supposed human rights abuses in Venezuela.
Venezuela’s permanent representative at the United Nations (UN) Jorge Valero has strongly criticised what he described as the “expansionist policies” of Israel and lambasted the international organization for not taking a stronger stance against Israel’s continued subjugation of the Palestinian people.
By Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, Nov 21st 2011
In 2000, the Bolivarian government of Venezuela embraced the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to achieve a better standard of living for the entire population. Venezuela’s remarkably rapid achievement of most of the MDGs compared to every other country in the world is a result of the Chavez government’s implementation of economic and social policies based on the principles underlying 21st century socialism.
The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) transcended the continental sphere to become a global institution by gaining a seat at the United Nations as an observer, a status which allows it to join UN work.
In this speech by Chavez, delivered by Venezuela's foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro yesterday to the UN, Chavez reflects on the state of the world, from imperialism and war, to poverty and global warming.
As the United Nations (UN) Security Council and General Assembly will debate the Palestinian cause and possible recognition of it as a sovereign state in the next few days, the Venezuelan government has produced a public letter supporting the Palestinian cause and has called for “worldwide debate” on the issue.
Under the Chavez administration, human rights have been substantially increased and expanded in order to guarantee the population not just civil and political rights, but also economic, social and cultural rights.
By Permanent Mission of Venezuela to the UN, Dec 13th 2010
New York – Eleazar Diaz Rangel, the editor-in-chief of Ultimas Noticias, Venezuela’s highest-circulating newspaper, stressed at a seminar on Venezuela’s democracy taking place this weekend in New York that “what’s not published in Venezuela is what media owners don’t want published.”
The first School of Human Rights in Venezuela opened its doors on Saturday in Caracas to complement the academic training and research of various professionals in the field of promotion and defense of human rights with a critical and progressive approach.