Canada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States


April 27, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on Venezuela:

“The situation in Venezuela is rapidly deteriorating, and Canada is deeply concerned by the Venezuelan government’s announced intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS).

“As demonstrations continue across Venezuela, we reiterate our call on the Venezuelan government to restore constitutional order and respect for the Venezuelan people’s democratic rights -- as enshrined in the charter of the OAS and the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

“The intention to withdraw from the OAS further marginalizes Venezuela within the Americas at a time when freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law must be protected for the Venezuelan people.

“Canada further calls on Venezuela to release all political prisoners and set an electoral calendar without delay.”

Quick Facts

  • On April 26, the Permanent Council of the OAS approved a resolution, supported by Canada, to convene a meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the region to consider the situation facing Venezuela.


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