The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented on Thursday an update of the report by the organization Human Rights Watch on human rights violations in Venezuela.
Bachelet expressed her concern about the pattern of arbitrary detentions, violations of due process, as well as allegations of torture and forced disappearances in the early days of detention documented in the report.
“There continue to be high numbers of deaths of young people by security forces,” she said.
On a general level about the crisis, she indicated that the Venezuelan population continues to suffer “serious violations of their economic and social rights due to low salaries, high food prices, persistent lack of public services, and precarious access to the health system.”
She also stressed that “the crisis in Venezuela has been exacerbated by the increase in sectorial sanctions and by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Similarly, the report also underscored the “strong restrictions on civic and democratic space with violations of freedom of expression and the right to information, and the detention of political leaders, journalists, trade unionists, health professionals, and people protesting public services.”
Regarding the handling of free elections, she said that “recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Justice diminish the possibility of building conditions for credible and democratic electoral processes”.
In conclusion, the High Commissioner reiterated a call for inclusive political negotiation based on human rights and the restoration of political rights.
“My Office remains ready to contribute to these efforts,” she concluded.