UN accuses Latin American country of ‘crimes against humanity’ – RT World News

The UN team claimed that Venezuelan police and intelligence services were behind “grave” abuses against dissidents

A UN team tasked with investigating alleged human rights abuses in Venezuela blamed the officials “crimes against humanity” alleging that government security forces committed serious violations at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro.

The fact-finding report presented on Tuesday is based on nearly 250 interviews with Venezuelan citizens, including 50 former officials, and accuses Maduro of a concerted effort to repress his political opponents.

“In doing so, serious crimes and human rights violations, including torture and sexual violence, are committed,” Marta Valinas, who heads the UN’s independent international fact-finding mission in Venezuela, said in a statement, adding “is still facing a deep human rights crisis.”

The report also claims that authorities have taken little action against alleged rights abusers, saying the government has “failed to hold perpetrators accountable and compensate victims.”

Opposition figures, including students, journalists and NGO workers, are frequently arrested, sometimes under the personal direction of Diosdado Cabello, a senior official who leads the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the United Nations said.

The fact-finding mission claimed to have documented 122 cases “torture, sexual violence and/or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” by Venezuela’s General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM), the top intelligence outfit.

Caracas, which has previously denied similar accusations, has yet to respond to the latest UN report, which is expected to be shared with the Human Rights Council in the coming weeks.

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