By Luis Manuel Aguana
As a civil society organization, we participated as a National Constituent Alliance (ANCO), from its origins in the Soy Venezuela Alliance, an initiative founded by María Corina Machado, Diego Arria and Antonio Ledezma, with the intention of giving a political response to the fundamental differences presented with the parties integrated in the MUD, and now in the MUD-Frente Amplio, and which are manifested through formulas that reveal an open collaborationism with the regime of Nicolás Maduro Moros. In this sense, both Alliances have coincided in public positions in transcendental matters such as the application of the Principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Venezuela.
In this sense, the National Constituent Alliance (ANCO) and its main founding members at the national level, together with a distinguished group of independent citizens, promoted from April 19, the anniversary of the Declaration of our Independence, the debate of a Popular Consultation, (see http://ancoficial.blogspot.com/2019/04/cese-de-la-usurpacion-y-cumplimiento.html) so that it would be the people of Venezuela themselves, in DIRECT exercise of their sovereignty (Article 5 of the Constitution) who would decide in relation to a matter that concerns them, and not through their representation, so that the International Community would help us militarily to bring humanitarian aid into the country, and at the same time be present to stop the crimes against humanity committed without any impunity by the regime of Nicolas Maduro Moros, without anyone in Venezuela being able to respond to them because they possess the force of arms.
That call was reiterated last May 14 by the Consultative Council of Soy Venezuela, once again urging the International Community to be present with the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in the Venezuelan case, and the National Assembly to activate article 187, numeral 11 of the Constitution (see in Spanish Comunicado Soy Venezuela reitera su llamado a la comunidad internacional de poner en marcha de manera inmediata el mecanismo de la Responsabilidad de Proteger y a la Asamblea Nacional que urgentemente proceda a la activación del artículo 187-11 constitucional, in https://t.co/adw1R0iAT0).
Now, I give this previous explanation because institutionally civil society in its different expressions has manifested itself in favor of the activation of the International Community’s R2P Principle over the reticence of its political leadership, and in some cases with a representative sample of almost 5,000 Venezuelan signatures in Venezuela and around the world to activate that Consultation of the Venezuelan people based on the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) (see petition in http://chng.it/jhtctxLH). But beyond that, as a direct call from Venezuelans to political leadership to proceed with the activation of article 187, numeral 11, without having any response so far.
We have waited for this response from our deputies because they are the legitimate representation of the unique Venezuelan institution recognised by the world. However, that does not imply that it is necessary. It must be explained that Venezuelans and the entire world have been sold that because Article 187, paragraph 11, is not approved in the National Assembly, the military aid of the International Community is not being approved. The deputies of the National Assembly have kidnapped that approval of 187#11 as the alcabala of a humanitarian intervention in Venezuela, above what Venezuelans are demanding.
And why do I say this? Because the international community DOES NOT REQUIRE an authorization to intervene when a country’s human rights are violated, because that authorization was given to themselves by the nations of the world when they approved in the 2005 UN General Assembly the Principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and those international agreements are law in Venezuela by the Constitution. Likewise, the R2P Agreement is above the Principle of Sovereignty when the country in question has been demonstrated, as is our case, the commission of Crimes against Humanity and Genocide, as is the case in Venezuela with the deliberate famine, the massive death of newborn children in hospitals, the extermination of indigenous groups, and the persecution and forced disappearance of political opponents.
So why is everyone paralyzed because the Assembly refuses to approve article 187, paragraph 11? Because with this story the deputies control that “they” are the ones who will “give way” to a Humanitarian Intervention in Venezuela when that is not true. They do not have that control. In any case, their approval of 187#11 will be a demonstration to the world that they finally agree with the Humanitarian Intervention, something that will hardly happen, because at this moment they are negotiating again with the regime in Norway (see note in Spanish, in https://noticiasdevenezuela.co/2019/05/15/noruega-recibe-a-representantes-de-oposicion-y-de-gobierno-de-venezuela-en-intento-de-acercamiento/).
Then we find ourselves in dangerous terrain. The entire country refuses to negotiate elections with murderers and delinquents, while our representatives ignore their obligation to listen to the people who voted for them. Can a transitional government be stable whose base of sustenance is vitiated by the lack of original legitimacy that only the Venezuelan people can give? How does a transitional government get the necessary popular support for the implementation of difficult public policies that will be necessary in the coming years, if starting that government is accompanied by those who massacred the Venezuelan people? As Montaner says in a recent note: “It is bread for today and hunger for tomorrow. Thirty years after the 1990 elections Daniel Ortega and Sandinismo continue to gravitate on Nicaragua, while 21st Century Socialism remains in that country, in Venezuela and in Bolivia orchestrated by Havana” (see in Spanish, Carlos Alberto Montaner, “Venezuela y el peligroso modelo nicaragüense” en http://www.elblogdemontaner.com/venezuela-y-el-peligroso-modelo-nicaraguense/). The official opposition is about to take us down that road, seeking bread for today but letting Venezuelans go hungry now and tomorrow too, driven by the interests of corruption. We Venezuelans have the word…
Caracas, May 15, 2019