Venezuela denounces at HRC impact of economic aggressions
Geneva, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) the impact of the economic blockade against his country and the obstacle it represents in fighting Covid-19.
Addressing the first day of the high-level segment of the 46th session of the Council, the president repudiated more than 450 unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union to his country, which he described as illegal and attributed to them the provocation of a malicious and premeditated humanitarian crisis.
We are facing a multidimensional economic aggression, which has ignored the calls by the United Nations and the Venezuelan people to stop these actions in times of the pandemic, the statesman warned.
According to Maduro, the so-called sanctions stripped Venezuela of at least 30 billion dollars, which would help address people's health and comprehensive rights.
The president highlighted the recent calls by Human Rights Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan, who visited Caracas this month, to put an end to the aforementioned policy due to its devastating consequences in the population.
Maduro assured that despite so much hostility, Venezuela managed to mitigate and control the pandemic, as of the social protection measures implemented and its free public health system.
The Venezuelan president advocated for multilateralism as an instrument to deal with global challenges and reiterated that the blockade and attacks will not stop the social security programs or cooperation with the United Nations System.
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