The Preliminary Report of the Office of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures, acknowledged that until 2015 the workers of the public sector in Venezuela received a salary equivalent to between 150-500 dollars, which has been seriously affected by the so-called «sanctions» increasingly imposed by the United States, the European Union and other countries, to the point of reducing them to the equivalent of $ 1-10 in 2020.
This was read by the UN Special Rapporteur, Alena Douhan, at the conclusion of her visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and offering the preliminary results in her report at an international press conference, where she evidences the serious and negative consequences that from previous years, and especially since 2014, have caused the unilateral coercive measures on the Human and Social Rights of the Venezuelan people.
Likewise, the report assures that the National Government for several years has periodically reviewed the salary of workers, granting consecutive increases in monthly income, but the coercive measures have affected the national currency in such a way that they caused its devaluation in a dramatic manner:
“Four years of hyperinflation have caused the total devaluation of the national currency (1 USD = 1.8-1.9 million bolivars). This has caused public sector salaries to decline from USD 150-500 in 2015 to USD 1-10 in 2020”.
Likewise, she determined that this direct consequence of the «sanctions» has caused «income in general to cover only 1% of the basic food basket, which makes the population increasingly dependent on the government’s social support.»
In this sense, she indicated that the Venezuelan State provides millions of families with monthly food markets through the CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees), direct and periodic transfers of money allocations through the Patria system (Carnet de la Patria – Homeland Card), in addition to multiple subsidies for public officials and the more than 20 million people registered in the Social Protection System.
All this despite the reduction in government income by 99% «and the country currently lives with 1% of its income prior to the sanctions,» she reported.
“As I already told you, I cannot calculate the exact economic damage, but I can see the effect on the lives of all human beings, not because of economic deterioration or because of the impossibility of undertaking development projects, but it affects all people. of the country ”, she expressed in response to a question from journalists.