An opinion of the Supreme Court of Justice dismissed the president of the Red Cross in Venezuela and appointed a new board.
Last week, the Venezuelan Attorney General, Tarek William Saab, reported the opening of an investigation into the “alleged harassment and mistreatment” committed against Red Cross volunteers and workers by its now ousted president, Mario Villaroel, who led the head of the entity since 1978.
Diosdado Cabello, number two of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela after President Nicolás Maduro, accused Villarroel of “conspiring” against the president and of “mafia activity” in the management of funds.
A measure considered a notice to all kinds of professional, social, sports and especially human rights defenders organizations.
Rafael Uzcátegui, coordinator of the NGO Venezuelan Program for Education Action in Human Rights explains: “The first thing to insist is that the Venezuelan Red Cross is a non-profit civil association, it is not a dependency of the government. And with this The decision of the Supreme Court of Justice creates a dangerous precedent for the right to freedom of association and assembly of Venezuelans.”
“With an express trial where there was no possibility of exercising the right to defense, where there was also a media campaign and where we also have a sentence where there are not only resolutions of form, but also of substance, of course, it is a very serious precedent. that puts all the organizations in the country to soak our beards.”
The vice president of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Miguel Villaroel, appealed to the president of Venezuela not to interfere in the work of the humanitarian organization: “Mr. President Nicolás Maduro, as a Venezuelan, as a volunteer of the Red Cross and as Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, I ask you with deep respect not to allow the intervention of the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Venezuela does not deserve it and you do not deserve to tarnish the humanitarian history”.
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