The UN on Tuesday accused Venezuelan authorities of using "excessive force" against protesters.
Nevertheless, Maduro still has varying degrees of support around the world, from both an ideological and financial standpoint.
"They persecute me, they punish me for doing my job, for guaranteeing the right to peaceful demonstrations in Chacao, guaranteeing the exercise of the civic and political rights of all Venezuelans", he said while standing in front of a plain white wall wearing a t-shirt with Venezuela's flag. Judges appointed by the National Assembly have sought refuge in Chile while Venezuelans have been forced to flee due to lack of medical supplies.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) talks with Argentina's national football team coach Diego Maradona (L), at a press conference, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on July 22, 2010. On July 29, the day before elections to inaugurate the new Constituent Assembly, the unofficial exchange rate rose to a staggering 10,389 bolivars to the USA dollar.
The assembly creates a situation that's incompatible with worldwide law, human rights and democracy in this region, Peru's Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna told reporters.
It can count on the support of Russian Federation and China - which have granted tens of billions of dollars in loans to Venezuela.
"Maduro is the one guaranteeing its investments".
While Arreaza expressed Venezuela's "absolute rejection" of the attempts to isolate Venezuela, he reiterated Maduro's call for a new meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean states, CELAC, in an effort to rebuild regional dialogue.
Opposition parties face a rapidly approaching deadline to decide whether they will take part in regional elections scheduled for December. "Venezuela will always be free and sovereign", he added.
"Venezuela can not be sanctioned by anything or anyone".
- "Degrading treatment" -"Several thousand people have been arbitrarily detained, many reportedly subjected to ill-treatment and even torture, while several hundred have been brought before military rather than civilian courts", he said, stressing that "these patterns show no signs of abating".
Both governments have denied this.
Venezuela held the elections following months of street protests and clashes in which more than 100 people have died.
The statement came Tuesday evening after the Venezuelan assembly declared itself superior to all other branches of government. "Stop your aggression", Maduro said.