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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined leaders from a handful of South American countries in referring the government of Venezuela to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. (Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

Author: James Alexander Michie

Canada joins the multilateral movement, uniting with five South American nations to sign a formal request for the International Criminal Court to investigate the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. Likewise, between those countries besides Canada are also Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru to sign the reference. It is important to note that due to the crisis in Venezuela, each of these countries has received migrants who flee from this situation. It has been suggested that Canada’s decision to refer Venezuela could be taken as a show of support for the ICC, an institution in which the nation believes it is being attacked.

Similarly, a signing ceremony for the recommendation will be held on Wednesday morning at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Trudeau has established at the UN summit that Canada will defend human rights at home and abroad. In addition, on Wednesday, Trudeau was asked in New York what kind of message he sent to the US. UU Validating the role of the court with his signature on the letter, to which he replied: “The message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic”. There is a humanitarian crisis in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries of South America, he added. “And I could say that, in my conversations with US officials and leaders, the concern we share, both as countries, about Venezuela is real and we are always looking for ways to help the Venezuelan people”.

However, the prime minister of Canada also said that his plans were not to meet with Maduro at the UN this week in New York.

On the other hand, although the Trump administration is hostile to the ICC, it has been established that it will only impose sanctions if the court pursues cases against the US or your allies. That clearly does not include Venezuela. In fact, Trump during his speech before the UN General Assembly made strong criticisms of the Maduro regime and similarly announced new sanctions against its leaders.

Trump said, “More than two million people have fled the anguish inflicted by the socialist regime of Maduro and its Cuban sponsors”, he added. “Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and led its people to misery”.

Despite everything that has happened, Venezuelans constantly fight against a hunger crisis while the Maduro regime affirms that it does not exist.

Take a read: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-joins-effort-sanction-venezuela-1.4838359

Source: Evan Dyer | CBC News

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