Venezuela’s Dictator Appeals for U.N. Fund for Countries Under Sanctions

“We propose the creation of a revolving public purchasing fund within the United Nations System to guarantee access to food and health products, financed with public resources,” said Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela in his speech to at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

“This will make it possible to face discrimination and the economic blockade against countries by making it easier for governments to acquire necessary goods and services,” continued Maduro.

Maduro failed to address in his speech a recent report from UN Human Rights Council, in which the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela cited evidence of unlawful executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture in the country since 2014. “We have reasonable grounds to believe that the President Maduro did give orders to the director of SEBIN as to who to target”, said investigator Francisco Cox. “After that, these people were surveilled, information was gathered, their communications were intercepted and finally they would be detained without judicial order, just because there was such an order by the President.”

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Instead of addressing the devastating report which accuses him of “crimes against humanity”, Maduro chose to attack the United States of America as the main source for all the crises in the world and for “conducting itself erratically under a government that is intransigent and hostile to diplomacy and high politics since it openly disregards multilateralism and any type of pre-existing global rule.”

In his speech he claimed that “more than $30 thousand billion dollars have been taken from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, frozen and held in bank accounts in the United States and Europe.”

He also pointed that “any company or government that commercializes any good or service with our country be food, medicine, fuel, additives needed to produce gasoline – which our people need – etc., is being persecuted.”

Full statement delivered by Nicolás Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at 75th Session of the U.N. General Assembly. September 23, 2020
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