Petition to the Government of Canada
Eleven bodies were found by a Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol on Saturday, December 12, 2020, in the Gulf of Paria, seven nautical miles (13km) off Güiria, Venezuela, and that three more bodies were reported on a beach nearby as confirmed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago;
By December 20, 2020, more bodies were found, increasing the total number of people dead to 29, as confirmed by Venezuelan regime officials to news sources;
The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard have justified increased maritime security patrols in the face of the threat of COVID-19 to protect national health and security;
The Trinidad and Tobago government had detained at sea and sent back boats carrying Venezuelan refugees in contravention of section II of the Commonwealth Charter; and
The human rights abuses committed by Maduro’s socialist Venezuelan regime and rampant crime caused by the breakdown of civic institutions has resulted in the displacement of over 5 million Venezuelan nationals.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to request that the Commonwealth Secretary-General launch an inquiry into the actions of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in contravention of Charter of Commonwealth and urge the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to respect the human rights of Venezuelan refugees.