“The program is called ‘Hermanos’ because Venezuela was always the sister of those who needed it, and now we seek the solidarity of the governments of the region in the midst of a wave of xenophobia against Venezuelans,” said Julio Borges during the presentation of the new platform that will have the support of more than 600 civil organizations around the world.
Juan Guaidó’s commissioner for foreign relations asked for regional support and identified the case of Argentina as one of the most problematic. For the opponent, the Government of Alberto Fernández addresses the Venezuelan issue from a “right vs. left”. “That is unacceptable,” Borges said.
“President Fernández has had an ambivalent, not to say contradictory speech: he accepted the violation of human rights, condemned and strongly accepted the report of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, but at the same time victimized Maduro for the sanctions “Borges said in a press conference before the Infobae query.
“What Fernández has to understand is that the sanctions are the consequence of the enormous destruction of the regime, its corruption and organized crime,” he insisted. He assured that “to pretend that the crisis is framed in a problem of forums in Puebla or forums in São Paulo is not wanting to see what is happening in terms of drug trafficking, corruption, destruction of dignity, and it is unacceptable.” “Fernández is carried away by visions that are neither humanitarian nor political when making decisions such as leaving the Lima Group,” he added.
On March 24, Argentina announced that it would leave the Lima Group, the regional bloc that denounces the human rights violations of Nicolás Maduro. The permanence of Argentina was one of the sources of conflict within Fernández’s party since the sector linked to Vice President Cristina Kirchner, and related to the government of Nicolás Maduro, openly demanded abandonment.
Borges assured that a wave of xenophobia and denounced that “there is a political use of Venezuelan migration”. As an example, he cited the situation in Peru where he stated that migrants suffer persecution. In fact, He condemned that the promise to expel Venezuelans is part of the presidential campaign for the elections this Sunday.
Borges explained that program ‘Brother’ was born to help the more than 5.4 million Venezuelans who left the country. Seeks that Colombia and the US become the reference and that more countries adopt statutes for temporary protection. “The best humanitarian policy is the departure of Maduro, but while we fight for that we want to assist the millions of Venezuelans who are outside the country,” explained.
The program will have three phases: “First we want to promote public policy proposals in favor of Venezuelans, a second phase will have a technological platform that will be at the service of migrants in which we will offer consular services, useful information for our diaspora and include social organizations that work for the care of Venezuelans. And in the last phase what we want is to awaken a feeling of reciprocity towards our brothers, so we are going to develop a campaign to highlight the image of Venezuelans in the world, highlighting the contributions that thousands of our compatriots are making ”.
“Hermano” already has a chat – +57 3053866210 – in operation to assist the diaspora in their consular procedures and operates with the help of 600 civil organizations and more than 40 opposition embassies around the world.
The objective is that migrants can access benefits such as identification for 10 years in the receiving countries, improvements in their working conditions, access to services such as health, education, food and social programs. “What we ask is that the governments recognize the expired passports of Venezuelans, that they give them work permits so that they stop being slaves, that they recognize them as refugees, as victims of a conflict, and that they facilitate the validation of documents and University degrees”, He detailed.
The opponent explained that this is a tool that will allow him to maintain two simultaneous struggles, “for political change and for the millions of Venezuelans who are unprotected.”
Finally, Borges affirmed for all who want to listen to him, and especially for the governments of the region: “Maduro is the head of a failed dictatorial state, linked to organized crime.”