Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have been urged to send a fact finding mission to Venezuela to make an informed analysis of the situation in that country.
The interim Chairperson of the Caribbean chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity, David Comissiong, was quoted by Barbados today as saying on Sunday that it was important that CARICOM governments get an accurate understanding of what is going on in Venezuela.
According to Comissiong, the region would never get a clear picture if it depends on Western media institutions for information about the South American country.
Barbados Today reported that he also urged media houses in the English-speaking Caribbean to send an investigative team to Venezuela.
Commisiong indicated that the objective would be to provide an independent and objective assessment of the Venezuela situation.
He asserted that the United States administration is intent on bringing down the the government of President Nicolas Maduro by any means necessary.
According to the Associated Press, clashes between police and protesters have left 38 Venezuelans dead in the past month.
CNN has reported that protesters and government forces have faced off daily.
It quoted Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as linking the unrest to the government’s “heavy-handed measures and suppression of dissenting voices.”
Thousands of women marched in major cities around Venezuela Saturday both for and against the country’s socialist government.
Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic crisis has seen escalating violence and inflation reaching 700%, coupled with severe food and medicine shortages, according to reports.
President Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster met over the weekend with the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Julio Borges, at the White House to discuss the ongoing constitutional crisis.
Saint Lucia’s External Affairs Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, said last month that there is legitimate concern about the situation in Venezuela both in terms of loss of life, human rights and the hardships that the people there endure.