Violation of Children’s Rights to Health in Venezuela

The latest development in Venezuela is very daunting. Parents of sick children, NGOs, and medical personnel are begging to the government to solve the current medicine crisis. The lack of medicines makes it very hard for the medical personnel to initiate and complete treatments of ill children. The government's actions or lack of actions that lead to this crisis is simply criminal.

Article 23 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela states “The treaties, pacts and conventions relating human rights which have been executed and ratified by Venezuela have a constitutional rank, and prevail over internal legislation…”. 

Also, Venezuela takes part in most of the international instruments of human rights that regulates the rights to health.  The Venezuelan State has ratified the “International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” which makes the omissions of the State a clear violation of its citizen’s rights to health. Undoubtedly, access to health services and medicines are part of the Venezuelan State's responsibility.

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