A Call on the World to Raise Awareness about Venezuela

The Venezuela Chapter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists
and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity urges you to subscribe to
the following statement by sending your complete name, country,
organization and occupation to the following email address:
Redintelectualesvenezuela@gmail.com

We
are appealing to you, people of all countries of the world, people
concerned about freedom and social justice, who share with us the ideal
that all human beings have the right to live and that we are all free
and worthy of respect. We call on you knowing that you may feel that
international institutions and the corporate press have told you the
truth about the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and that they performed
abiding by ideals of the U.N. Charter and Agreements to respect Human
Rights.

We appeal to you because we know they have lied to
you and they have not given you the opportunity to know what Venezuela
actually is, what is going on there, its human accomplishment and why
the image of our country has been grossly distorted.

They
have not told you the truth in order to provoke the current situation,
that worsens every day, they have taken coercive measures that are
carried out by banks, big industries and financial and media
corporations, as well as other actions undertaken directly by
governments. In particular the Trump administration in the United States
has chartered a course to sanction and isolate Venezuela until the
function of governing is just not feasible. In the face of this
situation, current events in Venezuela have been described as crimes
against humanity by some experts, such as Alfred de Zayas. He has warned
that as the scenarios unfold the general public is not receiving the
real information about what is really going on in Venezuela.

We
are coming to you, whom we feel are brothers and sisters of the people,
with a view to tell you the truth and ask you to condemn, by way of
what links humans as a single family, the events being carried out
against Venezuela and to join us in our demand for justice on behalf of
the honorable and free people here in resistance.

Venezuela
is a country inhabited by 32 million people, placed over territories
extraordinarily rich in oil, gas, gold and, fresh water. We are the
nation where the process of South America’s independence began. We have
undertaken an intense revolutionary process that since its beginnings
has faced the hostility of each subsequent administration in Washington
that has tried hard to over throw it. Venezuela has however proven its
resilience by having a people’s, socialist and anti-imperialist
government through more than 20 elections, during and after two coup
attempts.

Venezuela was declared by the Obama
administration as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United
States, an action condemned by over 10 million people who signed
petitions against it. Venezuela has been financially persecuted because
of this, which has resulted in the loss of more money than what is
needed to grant free education for 26 years, at all levels and in
optimal conditions. Our country is being persecuted internationally, in
 violation of principles consecrated by the Law of Geneva and the Law of
the Hague, founding principles of international organizations, to such
an extent that the country’s savings in gold were confiscated by the
London Bank while the United States granted the administration of its
assets to people who have not been appointed by legitimate authorities.

Furthermore,
Venezuela is now a place where the concept of democracy is at stake,
not just for the country but for the concept itself since it is being
established that a person who has not run for the office of president in
any election has declared himself the Interim President because of his
total backing by Washington.

But above all, Venezuela is
made up of 32 million people, a population that is being threatened day
by day, through press releases and digital communication, by the United
States spokespeople who say they will spare no effort to bend Caracas’
will, to maximize the pain on all Venezuelans, to achieve an America
free of Bolivarianism, and where they say they will use all available force and technology, as if it was a foreign policy based on science fiction.

Before
being sanctioned Venezuela had reached the region’s highest literacy
rate, highest university enrolment rate, our best sports development; we
had reached our lowest level of inequality and the highest level of
human development ever; and we had opened up ourselves to give oil and
opportunities to people in the poorest villages in the region, such as
in Central America and the Caribbean.

But this has not
been told; instead according to the international press, there is an
alleged humanitarian crisis in effect in Venezuela since 2016, a
groundless argument because the country has not reached levels of hunger
and misery to justify the crisis. They have omitted that there is a
daily battle in this country to prevent hunger while unilateral coercive
measures are imposed against all efforts, aggression and terrorist acts
are committed, such as the partial destruction of Venezuela’s power
grid. The international media corporations omit that everyday women and
men are sowing and distributing food stuff home by home, together with
the National Government, and using their inventiveness to keep public
services working.

Venezuela is also made up of mothers of
young people who were burnt alive in 2017 because they looked like
Chavistas, deaths that are not reported abroad because the
responsibility for these horrendous crimes was committed by sectors
opposed to the Government.

People like these mothers
compel us to communicate to you that there are people in Venezuela
insisting for the recognition that they have rights, for their rights
not to be nullified through financial suffocation, and for justice to be
brought in cases that should be known by the entire world.

This
is why we are requesting your support to convene and act before the
Russell Tribunal or other agencies which allow a space that could hear
the voices of the Venezuelan people, to put on record the ongoing
suffering in our country due to actions banned by International Public
Law and which runs contrary to the idea that people can define their own
system of government and their decisions should be respected by all
other nations.

We call on you because we don’t want the
world to forget the anguish we are living everyday with the threat of a
military invasion always hovering nearby, for the increase in deaths and
diseases that might be prevented if the country would be able to use
its own resources and be part of the normal integration of international
markets, understanding that the only way the world can improve is if
people, despite being oppressed, refuse to be oppressed and act despite
the permanent lies in large media corporations.

Venezuela Chapter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity

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