We demand cessation of criminalization, persecution, abuse and threats against members of the MAVID Foundation, our network and people with HIV in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Network of Positive People (RVG+) denounces acts of criminalization, threats, psychological aggression, intimidation and persecution towards MAVID Foundation (Manos Amigas por la Vida), members of our network and civil society organizations working in the HIV field.
On Friday, February 15th 2019, in the city of Valencia in the state of Carabobo, the headquarters of the MAVID Foundation was the subject of an abusive and arbitrary raid by state security forces, identified as members of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps (CICPC – Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas).
The police have stormed the offices of Fundación Mavid, a HIV service organization in Venezuela, and confiscated donated HIV treatment, infant formula and other essential medicines destined for people living with HIV in that country. They have also detained 3 human rights advocates that worked in Mavid. No charges have yet been laid. “We are scared for the safety of our activists and call upon the global community to help us – not just us, but the people of Venezuela living with HIV” says Alberto Nieves, Executive Director of Acción Ciudadana Contra el SIDA (ACCSI).
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In light of the recent participation of representatives of the United Nations (UN) present in Venezuela in acts related to the political situation, on January 10 and 12, 2019, and aiming at the generation of conditions conducive to the urgent and necessary access to plans and mechanisms of international humanitarian assistance and cooperation in the dimensions and scope required to guarantee the protection of human rights of the Venezuelan population, in a credible, coherent, effective and transparent manner, the undersigned civil society organizations publicly state:
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THE HEALTH CRISIS IN VENEZUELA
The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela was created and it is encouraged by the government. The government’s refusal to publish epidemiological data and to censor and even discipline those who have attempted to do it has put millions of lives at risk. In the government’s mind, the “absence” of data translate into the absence of a crisis. Their refusal to accept any foreign “aid” has been also widely documented (IACHR, 2018). However, the National Assembly has declared the humanitarian and food emergency at least 3 times in the last 2 years (National Assembly, 2017).
“The 2018 World Malaria Report raises alarm bells because for the second consecutive year, the reduction of the global malaria epidemic is stagnant”
“Venezuela is now #9 within the 20 countries with highest disease burden, and the only one outside the African continent and India. Venezuela had 84% increase in cases, compared to 2016.
“it is deplorable that the country profile for Venezuela is not available”
The analysis – in Spanish – is available here
The Global Fund Board approved a motion which will allow the Secretariat to provide up to $US 5 million funding to respond to the health crisis in Venezuela. The decision is the culmination of a concerted and unyielding effort by Venezuelan and global activists to push the Global Fund to show leadership in supporting countries in crisis.
La Junta Directiva del Fondo Mundial aprobó una moción que le permitirá a la Secretaría proporcionar hasta 5 millones de dólares de financiamiento para responder a la crisis de salud en Venezuela. La decisión es la culminación de un esfuerzo concertado y sólido de los activistas venezolanos y globales dirigidos a presionar al Fondo Mundial para que demuestre liderazgo en el apoyo a los países en crisis.
Open letter to the Government Representatives of the Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) attending the 56th Directing Council of PAHO, key international and national partners, non-governmental organizations and the general interested publicdemanding the creation of a Multisectoral Technical Working Group with key partners that can develop—as a matter of urgency—anEmergency Response Plan for the country. This plan must have among its objectives to mitigate the social and health consequences, the ailments and deaths—already imminent—by the magnitude and complexity of the emergency and include activities that reach the countries of the region that are affected.
Carta abierta a los Representantes de los Gobiernos de los Estados Miembros de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud asistentes al 56° Consejo Directivo de la OPS, asociados claves internacionales y nacionales, organizaciones no gubernamentales y público en generalsolicitando la creación de un Grupo Técnico de Trabajo Multisectorial con asociados clave (nacionales e internacionales) que pueda desarrollar -con carácter de urgencia- un Plan de Respuesta de Emergencia para el país. Este plan debe tener entre sus objetivos mitigar las consecuencias sociales y sanitarias, los padecimientos y muertes -ya inminentes- por la magnitud y complejidad de la emergencia e incluir actividades que alcancen a los países de la región que son afectados.