Ottawa, March 11, 2015. -The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Canada, in support of the constitutionally elected and worker’s President Nicolás Maduro Moros, in support of our democracy and independence, and in defense of the sovereign and heroic Venezuelan people; and in order to exalt the Bolivarian principles of justice, peace, peoples’ self-determination and non-interference in the internal affairs of States, wants to announce that Venezuela has again been victim of the new interventionist outrage from the Government of United States of America, through the executive order signed at the White House, on March 9th 2015, in which our country is seen "As a threat to national security and foreign policy of the United States". At the same time, they are imposing new sanctions on Venezuelan citizens; this is a serious and unprecedented action that undermines freedom, democracy, sovereignty, and the principles of non-intervention in the internal affairs and fundamentally attacks the dignity of Venezuelan people, with the purpose of overthrowing the legitimately-elected Government of Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuela has an impeccable and recognized reputation in seeking peace at international, regional and national levels, including the call for non-violence in the Middle East; the promotion of dialogue table for the search for peace in Colombia; the strong disapproval of Coup attempts, among others. A notable example of this Bolivarian, democratic and peaceful spirit has been the election to a seat on the United Nations Security Council; receiving 181 votes when only 122 were required.
Venezuela is a sovereign country. With strict democratic commitment, Venezuela has been a guarantor of freedom and human rights, as it has been established by its people in the Constitution in 1999, which was approved with the majority backing of 79.1% and expressing in its Title III: Duties, human rights, and guarantees; articles 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, the fundamental principles for the establishment of a State of Justice and Peace. Similarly, Venezuela has participated in 18 presidential polls in 16 years of government, which demonstrates our democratic spirit. Venezuela has been characterized as a peaceful and humanitarian country, which has gained its freedom in the heat of the independence struggles, and has helped to bring freedom to the brotherly peoples of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, with utmost respect for the self-determination of peoples.
Venezuela defends and will defend itself. With strict adherence to the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which advocates values of respect for life, liberty, justice, equality, solidarity, democracy and in general the primacy of human rights; of contemporary internationalist doctrine, based on the recent jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice and on the practice of the bodies of the United Nations system; pointing to the intervention in the internal affairs of another State as a violation of the fundamental principle, enshrined as universal obligation in international law governing international relations between States, to ensure peace and international security; we reaffirm our strong and forceful rejection of this type of action, which not only undermines the dignity of Venezuela, against the democratic election of President Nicolás Maduro, against the self-determination of our people; but it also establishes an unacceptable precedent that also puts the stability and security of Latin American peoples at risk.
Lastly, and for what has been previously stated, we are publicly announcing the Venezuelan outcry for the respect of its sovereignty, independence, self-determination and non-interference in our internal affairs. Our constitutional President Nicolás Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, following in the legacy of Commander Hugo Chávez, has made undeniable efforts to establish a sincere, open and ample dialogue, and has made calls for understanding and for tolerance, as the only way to ensure true democracy and the respect of fundamental human rights.
We demand respect for Venezuela!
We demand respect for our democracy!
We demand that these foreign invasions in our internal affairs cease!
Venezuela is not a threat!
Venezuela is love, life, peace and respect human rights!
EMBASSY OF THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA IN CANADA AND
ITS CONSULATES GENERAL
“God wanted a path to emerge which would take
a conscious, noble and courageous people to where we are today”
Hugo Chávez Frías