On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro received the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, at the presidential palace in Miraflores on the occasion of his visit in the context of the crisis in the South American country.
The meeting, which takes place in private, is Bachelet’s last stop on his three-day visit, after meeting with civil organizations, government representatives, victims of human rights violations and with the head of Parliament, the opposition Juan Guaidó.
At the end of the meeting with Maduro, the Chilean president will travel to Simón Bolívar International Airport, which serves Caracas, where she will offer statements to the media one hour before leaving Venezuela, according to the official agenda.
Larry Devoe, the highest representative for human rights, also participates in the meeting with Maduro; the Venezuelan vice president, Delcy Rodríguez; the chancellor, Jorge Arreaza; the first lady, Cilia Flores, and the resident coordinator of the UN in Venezuela, Peter Grohmann.
Bachelet on Thursday held meetings in the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry with a dozen Chavez ministers and representatives of public powers, such as the Attorney General, Tarek Saab, and the President of the Supreme Court, Maikel Moreno.
On Friday, Chilean politics started its agenda with a private meeting with Guaidó and, according to the opposition leader who is recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, he was in favor of the liberation of the almost 700 political prisoners there. in the country.
“He told us that he is insisting on the release of political prisoners,” the leader of the Legislative said to reporters after explaining that the meeting focused on “bringing solutions” to the “humanitarian catastrophe” that Venezuela is experiencing.
According to the non-governmental organization Penal Forum, which defends the majority of those considered “political prisoners” of Venezuela and who met with Bachelet on Thursday night, there are almost 700 people detained for reasons of conscience.
It is expected that in the appearance before the press the high commissioner will share her impressions, although the balance will be presented in more detail next month.