UN warns Venezuela over 'use of ex­ces­sive force'

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

The United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Of­fice has warned of “wide­spread and sys­tem­atic use of ex­ces­sive force” be­ing used against pro­test­ers in Venezuela.

It also speaks of other hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing “vi­o­lent house raids, tor­ture and ill-treat­ment”.

It says that the se­cu­rity forces are al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for at least 46 deaths which oc­curred in protest-re­lated vi­o­lence.

The find­ings are based on in­ter­views.

A state­ment re­leased on Tues­day says that “in the ab­sence of re­sponses from the Venezue­lan au­thor­i­ties to re­quests for ac­cess, UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein de­ployed a team of hu­man rights of­fi­cers to con­duct re­mote mon­i­tor­ing of the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try “.

The UN hu­man rights team con­ducted in­ter­views re­motely be­cause its re­quests for ac­cess went unan­swered by the Venezue­lan au­thor­i­ties.

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