Last Tuesday, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Jorge Valero, signed an important piece of human rights legislation: the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
“Enforced disappearance” refers to “the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State.”
It is a crime that is commonly associated with the “dirty wars” in South America’s Southern Cone in the 1970s and 80s, and that has been brought to the world’s attention by groups such as Argentina’s Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.
Now, Venezuela has joined 78 other countries around the world that vow to prevent disappearance and prosecute cases.
Venezuela ratified the OAS Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance a decade ago. This new convention is yet another commitment made by the Chavez government to ensuring respect for human rights and civil protections.