Venezuela Accuses US Of Crimes Against Humanity At The International Criminal Court

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Above Photo: Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza at the International Criminal Court, the Hague, Netherlands, Feb. 13, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Punto_deCorte

The United States is formally accused of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza arrived in The Hague (Netherlands) on Thursday to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the United States and its sanctions.

During his meeting with the Court, Arreaza exposed the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the U.S. government in its failed attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

Currently, the economic, financial, and commercial sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump administration have prevented Venezuela from accessing international markets.

As a consequence, the Venezuelan people’s rights to health, food, and development have been systematically violated.

“We have the right, the obligation, and the responsibility to protect our people,” Arreaza said at a press conference held after handing over the documentation of the case to the Hague court.

“The consequences of U.S. coercive unilateral measures are crimes against humanity and violate both international laws and the United Nations Charter.”

“On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza arrives in The Hague and introduces a complaint to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed by the US government against the people of Venezuela. Justice against the blockade.”

During his presentation, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister also stressed that the U.S. unilateral coercive measures are “weapons of mass destruction” that affect various peoples of the world.​​​​​​​

Therefore, the action that the Venezuelan government is taking before the Criminal Court will set a precedent for international law and multilateral institutions.

The most recent U.S. sanction was directed against Conviasa airlines, a public company that carries out non-profit operations for public programs such as “Return to the Homeland” and Mission Miracle.​​​​​​​

  • voza0db

    The ICC only goes after blacks or whites from the old USSR ex-Republics…

    To date, the ICC has opened investigations into 11 situations (shown in the table below under the column titled S) in: (1) the Democratic Republic of the Congo; (2) Uganda; (3) the Central African Republic I; (4) Darfur, Sudan; (5) Kenya; (6) Libya; (7) Côte d’Ivoire; (8) Mali; (9) the Central African Republic II; (10) Georgia; and (11) Burundi.

  • richardprofumo

    The U.S must be held accountable for their actions and boycotted until stop suppering the coup!

  • Bruce Patin

    The US doesn’t recognize the ICC and threatened to arrest any of their members who try to come to the US.

  • kevinzeese

    That’s all true, but it is important for this prosecution to be investigated. It would be fantastic if the other two dozen nations subject to illegal US economic sanctions joined in and they all asked for an investigation of US crimes against humanity.

  • That’s if they get a visa to enter the US of aggression.

    When the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wanted to visit the UN in New York she was denied a visa to enter the US.

    Members from the Trump admin have indeed threatened the ICC to the extend that a judge has resigned and an investigation into US war crimes [possible due to Wikileaks revelations] was abandoned – the chief prosecutor was told to abandon her investigation.

    It gets even worse – the Pentagone has approved plans to extract US war criminals from the ICC.

    Unfortunately, the United States Government believes that they are above the law and that they do not need to abide by the same standards that they violently impose on other countries. In the Patriot Act era of the Bush administration, the Service-Members Protection Act was passed by Congress, wherein the US government gives itself permission to “forcibly extract” any member of the US military who is held for crimes by international courts. In this decree, they also gave themselves permission to ignore the orders of international courts. This is not surprising considering that the entire Bush administration admitted to signing off on torture in the name of “national security.”

    [from The Mind Unleashed]

  • A full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories is to be launched by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor.

    However it has been mentioned that she has been wasting valuable time when she could simply launch the investigation without having ask for approval – on top of that she hasn’t got a lot of time left – her contract ends on 15 June 2021.

  • Jon

    But what if those personnel (including governmental non-military) were held at “non-disclosed locations?”

  • We will have to presume that the hearings will be held at the ICC in The Hague and that they will be open to the public – I’ve read their rules no recording devices allowed and no funny T shirts and silence from the audience during the proceedings.

    There is no point to hold these proceedings in total secrecy – In the end – it all comes down to a thing called Due Process – which is exactly what US war criminals have denied their victims – many of whom were simply picked off the street and or sold for the 5 K bounty that was on offer and subsequently held without being charged for years on end in places like Guantanamo – Even the Cubans have something to say about that.

  • voza0db

    You made my point stronger…

  • I’m very happy for you – you might recall – she was ordered to abort investigating war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It appears that it’s not always from a lack of trying but pressure from the top down.

  • Jon

    Indeed! What I was referring to, which may have been lost, was the threat to physically break into any holding location for those UIS personnel accused of war crimes. By “undisclosed location,” I meant that if those seeking to liberate them could not find the site, they could not carry it out.

  • My understanding is that the Pentagone approved plans to remove their people from the ICC by force while they’re going through proceedings.

    Before during or after the threat made by the Pentagon stands.