Mercosur to Suspend Venezuela in December over Treaty, Human-Rights Abuses

November 24, 2016

Novenber, 22 2016 (Panampost)

Mercosur will suspend Venezuela in December, according to Paraguay’s Chancellor Eladio Loizaga.

Loizaga said as of December 1, the government of Venezuela will be “without a voice” in the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) until the country ratifies commitments that fulfill the requirements for being an “associated state” in the South American economic alliance.

The rest of the members of Mercosur are reportedly meeting Tuesday, Novemeber 22 to discuss the situation in Venezuela.

Venezuela has already come out saying it will not be able to incorporate all 112 resolutions into its laws that were requested by Mercosur, because they interfere with the country’s internal legislation.

“That cannot be a reason for not incorporating legislation,” Loizaga said, “because when one enters into an international convention or agreement, there is always some type of clash with internal legislation, and it reverses them, and Venezuela has not reversed anything.”

Last week, Uruguay Chancellor Rodolfo Nin Novoa told the press that Venezuela was not going to be a voting member because it had not internalized all of the norms of Mercosur.

In September, the four founders of Mercosur, (Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay), agreed that Venezuela, who was accepted as a member in 2012, would not exercise its upcoming role as President of the economic bloc because it had not ratified all of the requested legislation.


Additionally, a regime that had violated human rights did not fulfill the bloc’s democratic clause established by its members.

The countries decided that starting December 1, Venezuela would be suspended form Mercosur for an undetermined amount of time.