UN rights commissioner arrives in Venezuela to survey crisis

21 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

CARACAS: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in Venezuela Wednesday as part of a visit to review the country’s ongoing economic and political crisis, reports AFP.

She is set to meet with both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido before making a final statement to the media on Friday.

Bachelet tweeted that she was looking forward to “working with all actors to promote and protect all human rights for all Venezuelans”.

According to the UN, some four million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015 as basic goods have become elusive, public services and health systems have collapsed and hyperinflation has taken hold.

Bachelet first met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday night, who said he expressed the government’s willingness to work with the high commissioner to “correct what needs to be corrected... in order to preserve the human rights of Venezuelans”.