The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (‘IADL’), a non-governmental organization with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (‘ECOSOC’), and which is dedicated to promote and defend international law and human rights, is monitoring with extreme concern the recent developments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

It appears that there is an attempt by outside forces to destabilize the country in order to oust the democratically elected government. The current events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are domestic affairs of the people. As such, we repudiate any intervention by any foreign power.

More concretely, we condemn the ongoing support provided to the opposition by the United States through its agencies. Such support constitutes an illegal interference in the domestic affairs of Venezuela. We call on the United States to cease and desist from this intervention.

The IADL recognizes that while there may be polarization in Venezuela stemming from economic and other pressures, illegal interference from foreign entities will only exacerbate the problems and prevent their solution, as long as the opposition believes it can rely on outside support to depose the existing government.

We call for the immediate end of hostilities from the opposition and a peaceful solution to the domestic conflict by domestic means, respecting the right of self-determination of the Venezuelan people, the Venezuelan Constitution, international law, democracy and human rights.

Issued on February 25, 2014