Venezuela's new assembly creates 'truth commission'

Venezuela's new assembly creates 'truth commission'

Venezuela's controversial constituent assembly has passed a law creating a "truth commission".

The head of the assembly said the law was a "powerful instrument to stifle violence, hatred and intolerance".

More than 120 people have been killed in the violence since anti-government protests began sweeping through the country on 1 April.

The government blames right-wing "terrorists" but the UN suggests dozens were killed by the security forces.

The law was passed unanimously by the constituent assembly, a body convened by President Nicolas Maduro.


Ms Rodriguez said the commission would investigate "acts of violence carried out with political motives or out of intolerance".

The government has blamed "right-wing terrorists" for the violence at recent protests.

But according to analysis by a UN Human Rights team, the "security forces are allegedly responsible for 46 deaths, while pro-government armed groups (...) are reportedly for another 27 of the deaths" out of 124 under investigation.

The UN team said it was "unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be".

Ms Rodriguez said there would be "an end to impunity" with the new truth commission. Opposition leaders have taken this as a thinly veiled warning that there will be a further crackdown on those criticising the government.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sentenced an opposition mayor, Ramon Muchacho, to 15 months in jail for failing to prevent roads in his neighbourhood being blocked by protesters.

Another opposition mayor, David Smolansky, is due to appear in court later on Wednesday on similar charges.



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