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Parliamentary questions
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17 September 2020
Question for written answer E-005078/2020
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Dolors Montserrat (PPE), Leopoldo López Gil (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: UN concludes that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela

The UN has accused Maduro’s Government of crimes against humanity.

According to UN investigators, the Venezuelan regime is responsible for carrying out or supporting such crimes, which, far from being isolated incidents, have been coordinated and committed in accordance with State policies.

The report concludes that extra-judicial killings, kidnappings, arbitrary detentions and torture have all taken place.

These crimes are unacceptable and it is the EU’s duty to expose and condemn them. As such:

1. Does the Commission publicly condemn these acts? What new sanctions does the EU intend to impose on Maduro’s totalitarian regime?

2. What is the situation of European citizens who are political prisoners under the Venezuelan regime? Has the EU demanded their immediate release?

3. Given this new information, does the EU believe that free and democratic elections can be held in Venezuela?

Original language of question: ES
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