Norway welcomes the delegation of Venezuela and would like to thank the delegation for the presentation of the national report.
Norway is concerned with the very high murder rates in Venezuela. We recommend that Venezuela implements a comprehensive disarmament policy and strengthens the judicial system to reduce levels of impunity.
Norway is also concerned with the high number of judicial processes against journalists and media outlets. We recommend that the Venezuelan Government amends the Criminal Code and the Organic Code of Military Justice, eliminating the crimes of contempt and vilification.
Norway believes that international cooperation is one of the most efficient ways to ensure progress in the field of human rights. We are concerned by the fact that in the four-year period covered by the review, Venezuela has not authorized visits by representatives of international or regional human rights bodies. Norway recommends that the Government of Venezuela extends standing invitations to thematic special procedures of international and regional human rights bodies and allow such visits to Venezuela.
Norway is concerned with the precarious conditions of Venezuelan prisons. We recommend implementing a policy of maintaining and building prisons, and investing in high quality training of prison staff, increasing their number.
Norway is also concerned about the high maternal mortality rates in Venezuela. We recommend a review of the current maternity health care policies and the introduction of the necessary changes to ensure pregnant women’s access to medical facilities throughout the country.
Active participation of civil society is essential to a meaningful and transparent UPR process, and in conclusion we recommend that a participatory and inclusive process be undertaken with all interested civil society organizations in Venezuela in the implementation of UPR recommendations.