Our Voices

Foro Penal and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) call for the Honorable Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to uphold the Pre-Trial Chamber I Decision to resume investigations into crimes against humanity in Venezuela

In a landmark two-day hearing, the Appeals Chamber of the ICC engaged in a comprehensive review of the State of Venezuela’s appeal against Pre-Trial Chamber I Decision on the Resumption of investigations by the Prosecutor’s Office.

This historic hearing marked the first time a public hearing was held on this situation, and victims were allowed to participate through the victims’ representation office, underscoring the importance of their voices in the pursuit of justice.

During the hearing, the State, Prosecutor, and Victim’s representation presented their arguments on Appeal.

Foro Penal and RFKHR submitted additional observations to the Appeals Chamber ahead of the hearing, emphasizing the crucial need for Venezuela to address the contextual elements of crimes against humanity and the discriminatory intent underlying the acts of persecution.

Foro Penal and RFKHR entirely concur with the assessments of Pre-Trial Chamber I and the Prosecution. The Venezuelan government’s persistent denial of widespread human rights violations, particularly the systematic commission of crimes against humanity, despite compelling evidence of a State policy aimed at silencing dissent, is very concerning.

The Government’s brazen denial of crimes against humanity and its willful neglect to conduct credible investigations constitute an egregious affront to victims and underscore the urgent need for ICC intervention.

Foro Penal and RFKHR reaffirm their unwavering commitment to victims of crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations in Venezuela. We will continue to advocate for justice and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

To read Foro Penal and RFKHR’s additional observations submitted to the Appeals Chamber on November 6, please click here.