On 27 September, in the context of the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council, the resolution on "Situation of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" was adopted.
This resolution establishes an "independent international
fact-finding mission", which will be dispatched to Venezuela to investigate extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and other human rights violations since 2014, with a view to ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims.
The Human Rights Council stated that it may consider further measures, including the establishment of a commission of inquiry if the situation continues to deteriorate or the Venezuelan authorities do not meaningfully cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The adoption of this resolution by the Human Rights Council evidences once again the serious human rights situation in Venezuela, which results from the policies of Maduro's illegitimate regime.
The resolution was promoted by Argentina and the Lima Group, and Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Island, Italy, Japan, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom voted for it. Cameroon, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia voted against the resolution, and Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia y Uruguay abstained.