IACHR hearing addresses venezuelan migration to the Americas and Caribbean
Organizations call on governments to guarantee protection for the rights and humanitarian reception of refugees
Venezuelan migrants wait in line at a border post of the Federal Police in the city of Pacaraima (RR) to register entry into the country. Leonardo Medeiros/Conectas
The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the growing migration flow were discussed last Friday, May 11, during a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in the Dominican Republic.
Human rights organizations that work on migration exposed the constant rights violations that refugees in the Americas and the Caribbean endure. They called for the IACHR to ensure that countries protect the rights of refugees in their territories and understand the need for humanitarian reception.
Camila Asano, program coordinator at Conectas, believes that a humanitarian, rather than militarized, reception process is fundamental for guaranteeing the integration of migrants into society. “The countries must recognize the situation of extreme fragility that the refugees confront and adopt measures that promote dignified conditions for shelter and survival, in addition to the practical actions of controlling and organizing the migration flow,” Camilla contributed.
During the hearing, organizations committed to relating their experiences working with the Venezuelan population in different countries of the Caribbean, North America, Central America and South America to the IACHR.
The meeting was organized by a group of twenty grassroots organizations from Venezuela, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States.