Access to justice and protection services
To improve citizen security and access to justice, the UN supported the Ministry of People’s Power for Internal Affairs, Justice, and Peace (MPPRIJP, for its acronym in Spanish) in developing a Single Digital System for Reporting Crimes, Misdemeanors and Police Acts.
It also collaborated in strengthening the system for protecting children and adolescents, especially in the registration of births and violence, together with the Autonomous Institute National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, the Ombudsman’s Office, and the Ministry of Justice.
Cooperation with the Ombudsman’s Office in 2022 focused on training officials on international human rights standards. Training and supplies were also provided to the Ombudsman and the National Commission for Refugees (CONARE, for its acronym in Spanish) to facilitate the refugee status determination procedure for those who request it.
Support was given to the Civil Registry offices in organizing 15 community days, in which 793 people received legal assistance, and 339 people accessed the late birth registration and were duly documented.
Following up on the treaty bodies ratified by the Venezuelan State, the UN submitted its country reports to the Committee of Migrant Workers (CMW), the Human Rights Committee (HRC), the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Consolidation of a culture of peace
One of the main results of this area has been strengthening spaces for dialogue and the training and awareness-raising of 553 people in conflict prevention, promoting a culture of peace and conversations to construct a social agenda. Specifically, work was done in two pilot communities in Caracas, improving women and youth leadership.
Leaving no one behind
Throughout 2022, the UN has continued to support the organization of days for the registration and documentation of people, especially indigenous people, who lack birth registration. In addition to recognizing their name, nationality, and family, access to this document grants them legal status and access to fundamental rights.
Another line of work focused on raising awareness among health personnel and the Comprehensive Community Health Area (ASIC) of human rights and non-discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS and LGBTIQ+ people.
After going through a severe depression, Evin joined the Zuliana Association for the Blind. This organization opened its doors and provided him with tools to get ahead through courses, workshops, and cultural and recreational activities. Now, Evin receives new members with visual disabilities and motivates them to “move forward.”
With the support of UNHCR, Evin and a group of colleagues from the Association have manufactured more than 160 handmade white canes for the other members of the institution. They also accompany UNHCR to different communities in Zulia State to give talks, raising awareness of people with disabilities and how to integrate them into community life.