Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 9, 2021 / 16:19 pm
During the Venezuelan bishops’ plenary assembly on Wednesday, the conference president said that one of the main battles that must be fought in the country is the demand for human rights violations to cease.
Today's battles include "using all constitutional and legal mechanisms to demand an end to the violation of human rights" and "becoming aware of the deterioration the country has suffered and making the necessary decisions for a relevant change in leadership” so that new leaders “will have a greater commitment to the people and not to their parties or ideologies," Archbishop José Luis Azuaje Ayala of Maracaibo said July 7.
Other battles the country must engage in include, he said, "establishing ourselves as a people-nation", "taking up again the vocation to citizenship", "the battle for quality education", and "recognizing ourselves as beings with dignity and working and journeying together to build fraternity and social friendship.”
Under the socialist administration of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has been marred by violence, political and social upheaval, with severe shortages of food and medicine, high unemployment, power outages, and hyperinflation. Over four million Venezuelans have emigrated since 2015.