118 Social and Human Rights Organizations Condemn TIAR’s Invocation against Venezuela

118 human rights organizations and international and Venezuelan social movements signed a communiqué on Thursday, in which they categorically condemn the invocation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR).

The organizations that signed the document warn that this action promoted by the governments of the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, has the express objective of increasing the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Venezuela, as well as generating the legal and political conditions for the execution of an armed military intervention in Venezuelan territory.

This communiqué indicates that the activation of TIAR could initiate a war between sister nations, threatening hemispheric peace and solidarity among peoples. Likewise, they warn that the decision adopted within the OAS constitutes a contravention of the most elementary principles of international law and the human rights of the Venezuelan people.

Finally, the organisations asked the OAS to abstain from intervening in the internal affairs of the Latin American country, and urged other social organisations to express their solidarity with the Venezuelan people and to demand the immediate end of the economic blockade against Venezuela.