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Statement from the OAS General Secretariat on the prohibitions placed on María Corina Machado

  June 30, 2023

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) condemns the prohibitions placed on Maria Corina Machado from holding any public office, as announced today in Caracas.

This decision is arbitrary and contrary to the rule of law. It violates basic political and civil rights, including those stipulated in Article 23 of the American Convention on Human Rights regarding the right to elect and be elected.

This regime resorts to disqualifications and prohibitions to cling to power and eradicate any semblance of democracy while deepening the political, social, humanitarian and economic crisis that the country is experiencing. The General Secretariat challenges this decision and demands Venezuela establish the necessary conditions for fair, free and transparent elections in 2024, in pursuit of democracy.

Reference: E-032/23