Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met Wednesday in Geneva with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to which he has transferred the “will” of the country to “cooperate” with the UN .
“In Geneva, Foreign Minister Arreaza meets with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, reaffirming the will to cooperate with all United Nations mechanisms, within the framework of respect for International Law,” said the Ministry of Venezuelan foreign on Twitter. For its part, the Bachelet office has not ruled on the meeting, which it considers private and confidential.
The meeting between Arreaza and Bachelet takes place within the framework of the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which its 47 member states participate, among which Venezuela is now counted.
Bachelet has been very critical of the Government of Nicolás Maduro. In the report that the former Chilean president wrote after her visit to the country in June, she accused the Government of reducing the democratic space and breaching its obligation to guarantee food and medical care.
However, he also expressed concern “about the potentially severe impact on Human Rights of the new set of sanctions imposed by the United States Government”, despite the exceptions contemplated in the area of humanitarian assistance.
Miraflores Palace has considered this report “erratic”, despite which it has maintained contacts with Bachelet and its office. Arreaza already met with the head of Human Rights of the UN in September.