The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) confirmed today that it is preparing to send a mission to Venezuela to learn first-hand about the situation of the Legislative Power and inquire about complaints of human rights violations against former opposition parliamentarians.
"This is a mission that we have asked for for a long time and it seems that it can finally be carried out because we have received an invitation from Parliament in 2020," IPU spokesman Thomas Fitzsimons told Efe.
The highest officials of the Organization, which brings together parliaments from around the world, received last Friday a delegation at the head of which was the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, who extended that invitation.
“Right now we are planning the mission and determining how the IPU can be useful. One of the criteria for the mission was always that it had to meet with all political parties, the government and the opposition, and what is new now is that we have received the invitation of the 2020 Parliament, ”the spokesperson explained.
The IPU is used to carrying out such missions, which are organized by its committee on the rights of parliamentarians.
These missions are made up of parliamentarians from different countries, reports EFE.
"They also hold meetings with the authorities to establish what are the facts on the ground," added Fitzsimons.
Regarding the date of the mission, he said that he hopes it will take place before the 142nd assembly of the IUP, which will be held by virtual means between May 24 and 28.
In this way, the mission could present the preliminary conclusions of its visit to the plenary of the organization.
This Sunday a delegation of deputies from the National Assembly (AN) held a working meeting, in Geneva, Switzerland, with the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), His Excellency Mr. Duarte Pacheco and his secretary general, His Excellency Mr. Martín Chungong, in order to to strengthen relations in the parliamentary sphere.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the only organization that represents the legislative branch of government on a global scale, with the aim of fostering cooperation.
Currently, the IPU comprises 179 national member parliaments and 13 regional parliamentary bodies, according to digital media.
On several occasions, this instance has expressed its willingness to support the dialogue process between the Bolivarian Government and the opposition.