U.N. expert asks Venezuela to reconsider withdrawal

A United Nations senior official Tuesday urged Venezuela to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the American Convention of Human Rights, warning that doing so would represent a serious setback for human rights protection in the Latin American country and the region as a whole.

“I fear that a vital layer of human rights protection for Venezuelans – and potentially for other Latin Americans as well – will be stripped away if this decision is carried out, and they will be left far more vulnerable to abuses with fewer remedies available,” said the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay. “I therefore urge Venezuela to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the American Convention on Human Rights.”

According to a news release from the Organization of American States Monday, the Venezuelan Government  through an official letter denounced the Convention.

The American Convention on Human Rights – also known as the Pact of San José – was adopted by many American countries in the Costa Rican capital of San José in 1969, and came into force in 1978.

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