UN de­nounces Venezuela’s rights abuses

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The wide­spread rights abuses com­mit­ted against pro­tes­tors in Venezuela has left democ­racy “barely alive,” the UN said Wed­nes­day.

A fresh UN re­port warned that the rights sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela was at “grave risk” of un­rav­el­ling fur­ther as the au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to sys­tem­at­i­cally and bru­tally re­press demon­stra­tors, and urged in­ter­na­tional ac­tion.

Re­cent ac­tions by Venezuela’s au­thor­i­ties “sup­port the feel­ing that what is left of demo­cratic life in Venezuela is be­ing squeezed,” UN hu­man rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein told re­porters in Geneva, where the re­port was be­ing launched.

He said there had clearly been “an ero­sion of demo­cratic life.”“It must be barely alive, if still alive.”

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