States at the UN Human Rights Council have voted to renew the mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for Venezuela (FFM) for another two years, ensuring the continuation of a mechanism that has become central to the work of human rights defenders. It has also extended the mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to report to the Council.
We did it! On 7 October 2022, the Human Rights Council renewed the vital mandate of the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Venezuela and the reporting mandate of OHCHR for another two years, with 19 votes in favour, 5 votes against and 23 abstentions.
We will continue to support human rights defenders and organisations in Venezuela with their crucial work and collaboration with the Mission and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.
For years, Venezuelan human rights defenders have been documenting violations and abuses of human rights in the country and demanding change. In light of this, a broad coalition of Venezuelan and international organisations, including ISHR, called upon UN mechanisms to respond to the gravity of the situation.
In 2019, the Human Rights Council established the The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Venezuela to assess alleged human rights violations committed in the country since 2014. The mechanism is the only independent United Nations monitoring body with the mandate to investigate systematic violations and abuses of human rights and ensure accountability for perpetrators in Venezuela.
The FFM’s mandate is due to be renewed at the 51st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC 12 September – 7 October 2022). Extending the mandate of the Mission is vital to continuing the investigation and documentation of the violations and abuses committed in Venezuela and to putting an end to impunity, as well as playing a preventative role leading up to Presidential elections in 2024.
In order to ensure guarantees for an efficient investigation and access to justice for the victims, the Mission must continue its work.Elvira Pernalete, mother of one of the victims of abuse