Venezue­lan forces killed hun­dreds – UN

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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.

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