Ottawa, Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): It was announced yesterday by Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs that Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will represent Canada at the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela on August 6, 2019, in Lima, Peru.
Rob Oliphant. Image credit: Twitter handle
Canada, is an active member of the Lima Group, established on August 8, 2017, in Lima, to coordinate participating countries’ efforts and apply international pressure on the Maduro regime.
Representatives from more than 50 countries would be participating in the conference with the widely shared objective of the international community to resolve the critical and worsening humanitarian, political and economic crisis in Venezuela.
According to the July 2019 report published by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, over 4 million Venezuelans have been forced to flee their homes since 2015 in search of food, health care and other basic services.
“Millions of people have been affected by the economic, political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Venezuelan people continue to suffer every day at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. This tragedy has gone on for too long. It is time for the international community to come together and take a united stand in support of a peaceful return to democracy in Venezuela,” said Oliphant.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)