ICC Chief Prosecutor Sees “Reasonable Basis” to Believe Venezuelan Regime Committed Crimes Against Humanity

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said on Monday afternoon she believes there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that the socialist regime of Venezuela has committed crimes against humanity.

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said on Monday afternoon she believes there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that the socialist regime of Venezuela has committed crimes against humanity.

“The Office has concluded that the information available at this stage provides a reasonable basis to believe that since at least April 2017, civilian authorities, members of the armed forces and pro-government individuals have committed the crimes against humanity,” a report published by the prosecutor’s office said.

The report also pointed out that the Hague-based tribunal has been examining Venezuela’s case since 2018 and expects to determine in 2021 whether to open a full investigation.

United Nations investigators in September determined that the Venezuelan regime of dictator Nicolas Maduro has committed systematic human rights violations, including killings and torture, amounting to crimes against humanity.

Though the Venezuelan opposition has celebrated the probe of Venezuela, few believe the process is likely to lead to a short-term change in the country.


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