Amnesty condemns “forced labor” as government compels workers to farm land

Venezuela’s government passes a resolution to establish a “transitory labor regime” to boost agriculture and food production. It allows for workers to be forcibly removed from their jobs to farm fields or elsewhere for a period of 60 days, which can then be extended for a further 60 days if deemed necessary. 

Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, says that “Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid.” She calls it “unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor.” Meanwhile, an editorial in New York Post comments that “Economically, the move makes no sense. Morally, it’s barely one step up from government-sanctioned slavery.”