Venezuela Rejects U.S. Human Rights Report

March 10, 2009

On February 26, the Venezuelan foreign ministry released a statement rejecting a U.S. government "Human Rights Report."  At a press conference on February 25, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the report, which accused Venezuela of "an erosion of democratic and human rights."

The Venezuelan foreign ministry statement called the U.S. Human Rights Report, "false, interventionist, and of malicious intent," and affirmed, "The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in defense of the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people, rejects in the most firm and categorical manner the U.S. State Department's report." 

The Venezuelan foreign ministry statement also said, "The Venezuelan government finds this recurrent practice of the U.S. bureaucracy to be inadmissible...the state with the darkest record of violation and assaults on human dignity in contemporary history pretends to set itself up as the judge of other states, without any legitimacy or mandate." 

The U.S. State Department calls the "promotion of human rights" an "important national interest" and issues its judgments about the human rights records of more than 200 other countries every year.  Over the last 60 years, U.S. imperialism has waged hundreds of wars and interventions under the banners of "freedom," "democracy," and "human rights."