United Nations investigators revealed this Wednesday that Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship through the security forces under its control and allied armed groups has committed systematic human rights violations, including murder and torture that constitute crimes against humanity.
In this regard, the UN investigators requested a thorough criminal investigation of the regime to determine the extent of its involvement.
Likewise, three members appointed by the UN Human Rights Council indicated that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the dictator Nicolás Maduro, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Defense and the directors of the intelligence and security services of Venezuela ordered or contributed to the arbitrary detention, torture and extrajudicial executions of those who did not share their ideals.
Most illegal executions by state agents have not been prosecuted in Venezuela, where the rule of law and democratic institutions have collapsed, they added.
The UN fact-finding mission said other national jurisdictions and the International Criminal Court (ICC), which opened a preliminary examination of Venezuela in 2018, should consider prosecutions. It would share its database containing the names of agents identified by victims.
“The Mission found reasonable grounds to believe that the Venezuelan authorities and security forces since 2014 have planned and executed serious human rights violations, some of which, including arbitrary killings and the systematic use of torture, constitute crimes against humanity,” added panel chair Marta Valinas.