UN warns Venezuela over 'use of excessive force'

UN warns Venezuela over 'use of excessive force'

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.


The high commissioner urged the Venezuelan authorities "to immediately end the excessive use of force against demonstrators, to halt arbitrary detentions and to release all those arbitrarily detained".

Shortly after the report was issued, Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of opposition mayor Ramon Muchacho.

The court had sentenced him to 15 months in prison and barred him from office in the early hours of Tuesday.



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