AP – The European Union called for broad political talks in Venezuela to set up new elections and warned that it stands ready to slap sanctions on more senior Venezuelan officials in the country if they undermine democracy or take part in human rights violations.
A dozen countries working on ways to end Venezuela's crisis on Thursday gave their backing to opposition leader Juan Guaido as a parliamentary speaker, rejecting the claims of a rival.
A Venezuelan lawmaker sworn in by the ruling socialist party as the new head of parliament said on Monday that naming a new electoral council to preside over free and fair elections was the body’s main priority.
Bolivia on Sunday announced its entry into the Lima Group regional bloc that was set up to find a way out of the Venezuelan crisis. The Bolivian foreign ministry said in a statement that it hoped to “contribute to a peaceful, democratic and constitutional solution to the crisis in Venezuela, which must be guided by the Venezuelan people.”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro embraced the currency of his bitter rival the United States on Sunday, calling it an “escape valve” that can help the country weather its economic crisis amid U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing him from power.
The widely recognized as interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, convened for this Saturday a great day of protest throughout the country to maintain the pulse in the street against the government of Nicolás Maduro, an initiative backed by the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (CEV), which also called for citizen mobilization.
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday voted to send a team of investigators to probe alleged violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture, in crisis-wracked Venezuela.
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido admitted on Wednesday that talks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro aimed at resolving the country's political crisis “aren't working.” Talks mediated by Norway first took place in May in Oslo with several subsequent rounds in Barbados.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed on Sunday for more humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees pouring into neighbouring countries where they are overwhelming social services and sparking local tensions.
Conservative president Jair Bolsonaro warned on Monday that Brazil could see a wave of migrants fleeing Argentina if a presidential election in that country returns leftist politicians to power, after their strong showing in a Sunday primary vote.