Venezuela has rejected claims by the European Parliament that the South American country has violated human rights in dealing with dissent.
In a statement on Sunday, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry blasted the European Union and its foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, for what it called EU’s tactics for diverting attention from its grave economic crisis and trying to discredit the Bolivarian revolution.
The EU parliament passed a resolution on December 17 calling on Caracas to stop prosecuting the opposition leaders. Mogherini has also voiced concern about the arrests of dissident students.
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry statement described EU’s motion as “interventionist and profoundly disrespectful,” adding that the resolution constitutes an “attack against the sovereignty and democratic institutions of the Bolivarian government.”
It stressed that Venezuela’s governance system is based on a “participatory democracy.”
Members of the so-called Committee of Victims of Guarimba – people affected by the opposition-led violence – also rejected the EU resolution and called it the “anachronistic, de-contextualized, far from the Venezuelan reality.”
Violent riots broke out earlier this year in Venezuela. More than 40 people died and 800 other were injured. The administration of President Nicolas Maduro is accused by the United States and European allies of suppressing the rights of the protesters, a charge Caracas has vehemently denied.