The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the US State Department's 2009 "Trafficking in Persons Report", as well as its statements about our country and government.
It is scandalous that a country where immigrants, particularly Latin Americans, are repressed and exploited, where families are separated, where walls are built along borders, where torture is practiced and terrorists are protected, seeks to pose as a judge of Human Rights in the world.
It must be noted that the nefarious practice of issuing supposedly "independent" reports increased during the past eight years of the Bush administration, making the contradiction between what the US government says and what it actually does even more obvious and grotesque.
The false accusations against our country over the course of the past few years in this Trafficking in Persons Report have served as a justification for a brutal aggression against our people and government. These reports are nothing but a tool for imperialistic policies and aggression against countries that have developed independent policies in the world.
Venezuela, while it rejects and condemns this interventionist practice, demands that the United States dismantle the legislation that upholds these unilateral certifications that, far from advancing the cause of Human Rights, serves to conceal the double standard practiced by the United States and obstructs the establishment of the fair and respectful relations that should prevail between our two countries and that have been called for by the new government of the United States.
The publication of this type of report demonstrates the enduring existence of the remnants of the old framework of imperial domination, and constitutes a serious obstacle to the normalization of bilateral relations.
Caracas, June 17, 2009
Ministry of People´s Power for Foreign Affairs, Translation by the Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / June 17, 2009