After questioning the PM, Hugo said on social media: "Following the alleged torture and death of the navy captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo in Venezuela, those responsible must be held to account by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights or through the usual channels such as the Hague".
G20 AND LEADERSHIP OF EU INSTITUTIONS - HOUSE OF COMMONS WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY 2019
Sir Hugo Swire (East Devon) (Con)
Did my right hon. Friend have the opportunity to discuss with Secretary-General Guterres or other G20 leaders the troubling reports surrounding the alleged torture and death of the navy captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo in Venezuela? If there is evidence of torture and human rights abuses by Maduro and his henchmen, will she press for them to be held to account by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights or, if appropriate, referred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague?
The Prime Minister
I recognise the concern that my right hon. Friend has expressed in relation to this case. I was able on a number of occasions to raise the overall issue of Venezuela; I was recently also able to discuss it with the President of Colombia when he visited the United Kingdom. We are all concerned about the state that we see in Venezuela, about actions that have been taken in that country, and about the appalling circumstances and conditions in which so many Venezuelans find themselves living, which is why so many Venezuelans have been fleeing their country to neighbouring countries, putting a significant burden on those neighbouring countries.