UN Human Rights Chief 'Deeply Worried' New US Sanctions Will Hurt Venezuelans

UN Human Rights Chief 'Deeply Worried' New US Sanctions Will Hurt Venezuelans

The U.S. administration has been focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure against President Nicolas Maduro, including imposing sanctions on him, his top officials and several governmental departments as it seeks to increase pressure on Caracas.

At the same time, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry has also announced a review of the Maduro government's future participation in the talks.

A popular uprising led by Venezuelan opposition leader and National Assembly president Juan Guaido has failed to topple Maduro, who has used force against demonstrators.

He said on Wednesday that Maduro could help the country by abandoning the presidential palace, Miraflores, "that way the sanctions will be lifted tomorrow".


China's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday condemned the freezing of Venezuela's government assets, stating sanctions only "increase the risk of the situation getting out of control".

On Monday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order freezing all assets in the USA belonging to the Venezuelan government in a significant escalation of tensions with Caracas.

It said that the Venezuelan opposition delegation appointed by Guaido, who has been recognized as the country's interim president by more than 50 nations, was already in Barbados.

On Wednesday, thousands of supporters of Maduro took to the streets in Venezuela's capital city of Caracas to protest against United States sanctions.


Guaido backed the decision, claiming that the sanctions were aimed at "protecting Venezuelans".

"To both Russian Federation and China, we say that your support to the Maduro regime is intolerable, particularly to the democratic regime that will replace Maduro", Bolton said during a speech at a conference in Peru.

The new sanctions imposed by the USA administration is in a series of "arbitrary measures of economic terrorism against the Venezuelan people", the Foreign Affairs Ministry said, noting that Washington wants to "formalize its criminal economic, financial and trade embargoes".

Relations between China and the United States have become increasingly strained because of a bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies.


During the rally at the National Pantheon in Caracas, Diosdado Cabello, vice-president of Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela, condemned the sanctions, saying that the USA move against Venezuela "makes us more united and deepens our love for the country".

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