The International Criminal Court (ICC) published a report on Monday, Dec. 14, which concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Maduro socialist dictatorship in Venezuela committed crimes against humanity.
“Following a thorough assessment and analysis of the information available, the Office concluded that there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court have been committed in Venezuela since at least April 2017,” the court announced in its annual report.
The International Criminal Court that only prosecutes crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, and crimes of aggression has jurisdiction over Venezuela since it is a signatory to the Rome Statute.
Among the crimes committed by the Venezuelan socialist regime, the court listed imprisonment or other deprivation of physical freedoms, torture, rape, and other forms of sexual abuse and persecution against any politically dissident group.
Following the court’s announcement, the next step would be to open a formal investigation, which could end with a trial in The Hague against the socialist Maduro.
Maduro took power in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chávez and has since controlled the country with the military, police, and groups loyal to the regime.
Since then, there have been several fraudulent “elections” in which Maduro was re-elected using the Dominion voting system used by the Democrats to steal the elections of President Trump.
According to an Organization of American States (OAS) report, during Maduro’s regime more than 18,000 people were killed and 653 cases of torture were documented.
Jared Genser, author of the OAS report said, “Our report brings to life the extraordinary suffering of the people of Venezuela, being inflicted on them by Nicolás Maduro and his regime.”
In March 2020, the Trump administration announced a $15 million reward for Maduro’s capture, calling his regime a drug cartel rather than a government.
Despite all the documented abuses, Venezuela continues to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council, an organization that is increasingly losing credibility with those who still have a sense of justice.