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U.N. ac­cuses Maduro: The gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro may have com­mit­ted crimes against hu­man­ity, the U.N. hu­man rights chief said this week. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus­sein said Venezuela was round­ing up protesters and op­po­si­tion lead­ers with ex­ces­sive force, and some­times killing them. De­tainees, in­clud­ing chil­dren, were sub­jected to “cruel, in­hu­man, and de­grad­ing treat­ment” that in some cases rose to the level of tor­ture. The In­ter­na­tional Com­mis­sion of Jurists also said this week that Venezuela’s Supreme Court had ut­terly dis­man­tled the rule of law. “We have seen a ju­di­ciary that has es­sen­tially lost its in­de­pen­dence and be­come a tool of a very au­thor­i­tar­ian ex­ec­u­tive branch,” said ICJ Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Sam Zar­ifi.


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