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Venezuelan expatriates in Argentina seek help from Pope Francis


Apr 3, 2024

Venezuelans living in Argentina have reached out to Pope Francis seeking his intervention with dictator Nicolás Maduro to ensure that all Venezuelans living abroad have the right to vote in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for July 28th. They sent a letter to the Vatican through the Jesuit Migrant Service, expressing their concerns and appealing for the pope’s help in upholding the human and constitutional rights of Venezuelans.

In the letter, the Venezuelans thank the pope for his efforts to intervene with the Venezuelan authorities and urge them to ensure that the rights of Venezuelans both in Argentina and around the world are respected. They emphasize the need for pressure to be increased on Maduro’s government to fulfill electoral commitments and recognize the rights of Venezuelans.

Currently, only a small percentage of the 220 thousand Venezuelans residing in Argentina are able to vote at the Venezuelan consulate in Buenos Aires. Reports of pressure and persecution of opponents in Venezuela have heightened tensions surrounding the upcoming elections. The Venezuelans in Argentina are taking action to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are upheld.

In addition to the appeal to Pope Francis, the Venezuelans’ efforts to secure their voting rights highlight the challenges faced by Venezuelans living abroad in participating in the country’s electoral process. Despite the obstacles, they remain determined to fight for their rights and make their voices heard in shaping the future of their homeland.

By editor

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