Venezuelan forces killed hundreds – UN
CARACAS – Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the United Nations’ (UN) human rights body says.
In a report, it cites “shocking” accounts of young men being killed during operations, often in poor districts, over the past three years.
The UN’s human rights chief said no one was being held to account, suggesting the rule of law was “virtually absent.”
Venezuela has in the past dismissed human rights allegations as “lies.”
The country is going through a protracted political and economic crisis.
Last year dozens of protesters were killed in clashes during protests against hyperinflation and food shortages.
President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected in May, in a poll boycotted by the opposition and criticized by the UN and other international bodies.
Under European Union sanctions, arms exports to Venezuelan security forces will no longer be allowed.