The Network in Defense of Humanity categorically rejects the attempt to activate the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR for its Spanish acronym) against the people of Venezuela and with great concern we denounce the decision, made during a meeting of the OAS Permanent Council by a group of countries aligned with the interests of the United States. History attests that this obsolete and ominous instrument has been used to legitimize military interventions by the United States against the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.

On May 14, 2013, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, along with other fraternal countries in the region, withdrew from this infamous colonization treaty riddled with aggression and principles of war. Alternatively, on January 29, 2014, in the framework of CELAC’s Second Summit held in Havana the heads of States and Governments attending declared Latin America and the Caribbean to be a Zone of Peace, in the awareness that war on any of its member countries endangers continental peace and hinders further unity in Our America.

The Network in Defense of Humanity demands respect of international law based on the principles of sovereignty and self-determination of the peoples. Likewise, we insist on initiatives with dialogue as a way to work out differences and controversies among nations and to guarantee the coexistence and friendship of the peoples.

Now as Imperialism is once again resorting to war, the Network in Defense of Humanity calls for the peoples of the world to raise their voices in defense of ideals of peace. The Network also calls on intellectuals, artists and social movements to partake in the World Day of Solidarity with the Venezuelan People to be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, the International Day of Peace.

At this turning point that is challenging our peoples, let’s struggle along with Venezuela for the peace, unity and sovereignty of Our America.

Network in Defense of Humanity, on September 13, 2019