Special Committee on Decolonization: Communiqué on the commutation of the sentence of Oscar López Rivera
The Special Committee on Decolonization welcomes and shares Puerto Rico’s joy over the release of independence leader Oscar López Rivera thanks to the united struggle and solidarity of the Puerto Rican people joined by various international personalities including Pope Francis. After serving 35 years of a 70-year sentence, his sentence has been commuted by decision of the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
The United Nations Security Council held its first Open Debate of the year on Tuesday, to discuss the prevention of conflicts and sustainable peace. This debate had the participation of the new Secretary-General of the organization, Mr. António Guterres.
The United Nations Security Council held an open debate on Tuesday on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations, in which the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, linked the proliferation of this crime to the increase of extremist and terrorist groups which use this as source of financing for their criminal activities.
During the UN Security Council session held on Friday to discuss the report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN, Rafael Ramirez, questioned the lack of progress on this long-lasting conflict.
Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (C-24) on the 56th Anniversary of the Declaration
14 December 2016 marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, which was adopted as General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960.
Ramírez on Syria: We reject the politicization of the humanitarian issue for overthrowing legitimate governments
The United Nations General Assembly adopted this Friday a resolution on the humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, which in words of the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN, Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, is an instrument that “pretends to condemn Syria, a brotherly Arab country victim of terrorist brutality that is fighting to defend its sovereignty”.
On Monday, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela voted against a UN Security Council resolution proposed by Spain and New Zealand, for considering the text does not reflect the reality on the ground, in the Syrian city of Eastern Aleppo.
“We have been to Cuba many times, but this occasion is filled with the weight of sorrow for the passing of the Commander”, said this Wednesday the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Rafael Ramírez, in Havana, Cuba.
I believe it is a very important agreement to cut oil production to reach 32.5 million of barrels a day”, said Rafael Ramírez, Bolivarian Ambassador to the United Nations and former president of the State-own company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A (PDVSA).
Venezuela expresses its affection and solidarity to Cuba for the physical departure of Commander Fidel Castro Ruz
The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, on behalf of the Government and the people of Venezuela expresses, on this day of pain, all his affection and solidarity to the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro Ruz, to Dalia, his sons, family, people and Government of the sister Republic of Cuba, before the physical departure of Commander Fidel Castro Ruz, historical leader of the Cuban Revolution and founder father of the new Latin American and Caribbean history, undoubtedly the most important American in history of the twentieth century and example of generations for all time. Commander Fidel Castro Ruz was and will forever be the Martian and Bolivarian giant who started a change of era and showed, with certainty and loyalty to his ideals, the way of building the humanist and socialist project in our Great Homeland.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"