The International Service for Human Rights alongside 19 other organisations co-signed a statement to underline their disapproval of the rejection by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of the applications for observer status of three human rights organisations during its 73rd ordinary session.
ISHR, together with a coalition of Venezuelan and international organisations had campaigned for the renewal of the mandate, highlighting the importance of the FFM in investigating violations and its potential as a deterrent for further atrocities.
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.
Venezuelan and international civil society groups and defenders have welcomed this outcome, as both the Mission and OHCHR have proved effective at highlighting gross violations committed by the Maduro regime. Both bodies have ensured the attention of the international community has remained on Venezuela despite multiple global crises. The Mission has also provided victims of violations with the hope that perpetrators will be held to account.
We hope this renewal will put more pressure on the Maduro government and make it clear they will not escape accountability for their crimes.Clara Ramírez, interim director of FundaRedes
The FFM plays a key preventative role in making gross violations of civil and political rights visible.Wanda Cedeño, coordinator of Voto Joven
Two days before the arrival of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to Venezuela, the National Assembly held a first reading of a draft law that, if passed, would criminalise the work of defenders, further shrinking the space they have to operate. States must speak up for human rights defenders and against this initiative!
As protests continue across Peru and at least 50 lie dead, States have called on Peru to stop the use of excessive force to quell unrest and to respect the rights of those exercising fundamental freedoms.