During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, 2003
Venezuela tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 22 February 2012.
Internationally, Venezuela pledged to: strengthen cooperation with the Council and its mechanisms; strengthen cooperation with Special Procedures; resist efforts to merge or restrict Special Procedures mandates; continue to provide voluntary financial contributions to OHCHR and other UN organs; report in a timely manner to the Treaty Bodies and follow-up on the implementation of recommendations; promote reform of the inter-American human rights system which currently suffers from ‘a lack of transparency and objectivity;’ and continue to develop a regional cooperation framework between Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of human rights.
Domestically, Venezuela committed to: continue to cooperate with relevant UN and OHCHR field presences to build national capacity; implement the right to development through national ‘social missions;’ promote dissemination of the new ‘Organic Law against racial discrimination;’ promote the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; strengthen the right of people ‘to individual and collective property;’ promote the widespread use of the Braille system; design a system of national human rights indicators in collaboration with OHCHR; continue to develop national human rights education programmes; improve prison conditions; ratify the CRPD and its optional protocol; undertake police reform; promote ‘social responsibility’ in the media; and continue to strengthen civil participation.
An analysis of steps taken by Venezuela in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it ratified the CRPD on 24 September 2013. Venezuela has ratified nearly all of the core conventions. One of its periodic reports is currently overdue (CRPD – 2 months). Regarding Special Procedures cooperation, Venezuela has only completed 1 visit out of the 14 requests it received. It has though responded to 52% of communications received.