Chilean President Gabriel Boric said this Thursday, September 22, that the Latin American left cannot have a double standard when it comes to human rights, and asserted that he is angry that there are sectors that do not condemn the abuses committed in Venezuela or Nicaragua.
“It really bothers me when you’re on the left and then you condemn the violation of human rights in Yemen or El Salvador, but you can’t talk about Venezuela or Nicaragua,” he said during a conversation at Columbia University.
The Chilean president affirmed that “it does not matter if you are from the extreme right or extreme left. They are civilizing mandates. Respect for human rights cannot have a double standard.”
Likewise, he recalled that, when the human rights abuses began in Venezuela during the government of Hugo Chávez, sectors of the left avoided condemning them.
“When I was a deputy I started asking questions about Venezuela. I asked myself questions. I went to Venezuela in 2010, when Chavez was still alive. And then I started to ask myself questions when I saw the repression of the protests and the manipulation of some elections. And I said, well, this is not right. We have to be able to criticize it. And the people on the left in Chile said no, no, no, no. You don’t talk about our friends. And I think that is completely wrong,” he expressed.
The left-wing president, in this line, considered: “To have a future, the parties of the left have to have a single moral standard, especially – because it is very sensitive for the world, but more so for Latin America – in human rights” .
“You can’t condemn what the United States is doing abroad, or any other example, if you can’t see what your friends are doing,” he said.
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