The international community needs a different approach to Venezuela
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Venezuela was once noted as one of the richest countries in the world; now chaos is the only thing that abounds. Eighty percent of Venezuelans live in poverty, many are suffering from malnutrition, illness and outright hunger, inflation has risen to record levels, jails are filled with political prisoners, hospitals host an overpopulation of sick children, asylum requests have increased, and on top of all this, violence is more and more common. Venezuela is currently in an unprecedented social and political crisis that foretells the country is doomed to collapse. Four years ago, President Nicolas Maduro (communist-leader Hugo Chávez’s successor) became a despot dictator who turned his back on Venezuelans. These days, I wonder whether the international community should follow. Recently, President Maduro held a controversial election to erode the power of the country’s National Assembly and write a brand-new constitution. The poll was heavily criticised by many countries that have also been condemning Maduro's regime. International organisations such as the United Nations as well as nations in both Europe and Latin America nations have accused him of trying to cling onto power and of leading the country to impoverishment. But when it comes to action, no one seems ready to do anything about it. It is both deterring and disheartening when democratic countries and human rights institutions merely bemoan Venezuela’s critical situation. It might look like the United States has taken a step forward by deciding to impose sanctions on American firms and individuals doing business with
Mr Maduro, but it is demoralising to learn that, on the other hand, Venezuela and the US have been trading oil with each other.
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