Venezuela faces international investigation for crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court is investigating the alleged crimes against humanity of Maduro’s regime against the people of Venezuela. Caracas entered into a political agreement with the “Yes to Peace” movement, the so-called Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) in 2012 which brought together 14 countries including Venezuela. They set up the Constituent Assembly under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro. Under a system of direct elections to head the assembly, more than two thirds of the delegates elected were supporters of the regime. Though the regime claims that elections have been free and fair in Venezuela, independent monitors have sharply criticized the voting process in the country. Several months ago, the EU also imposed sanctions on President Maduro and other top Venezuelan officials, including their assets. The Venezuela accusations by the ICC came following a request by a group of 64 Latin American and Caribbean countries, states led by Guatemala, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, at a summit held in Guatemala City on October 24.

According to The New York Times, the ICC is also investigating war crimes committed in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017.

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