On Wednesday, a virtual debate took place at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the violations of African Americans’ human rights and violence against peaceful protests.

In this context, Permanente Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Jorge Valero gave a speech condemning this situation.

“The vicious murder of George Floyd has exposed the systematic racism and fascist, supremacist nature of U.S. imperialism. Racism is the son of slavery and colonialism. Donald Trump is imperialist: therefore, he is a racist,” said Valero.

In his speech, Valero also condemned that the U.S. government threatens to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807, used in the past to slaughter Afro-descendants, against millions of protesters.

The Venezuelan ambassador stressed that the antiracist protests in the United States are multiethnic in nature and have spread around the world. “This proves that the desire for justice, freedom and equality are a universal patrimony of human beings.”

Valero asserted that the most aggressive enemy of multilateralism is Donald Trump as it made the United States abandon the Human Rights Council, withdrew support from the World Health Organization (WHO), sanctioned the International Criminal Court, and has supported foreign military aggression plans against Venezuela.

Likewise, on behalf of the Bolivarian Government, the Venezuelan diplomat expressed his full support for a draft resolution presented by the Africa Group on the occasion of this urgent debate.

Ambassador Valero closed his speech by quoting South African activist and politician Nelson Mandela:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.”


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela