UN Experts: Human Rights Violations Continue in Maduro’s Venezuela

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CARACAS, Venezuela (TBEN) – Independent experts working with the UN’s highest human rights body say Venezuelan authorities have not held accountable the state-sponsored perpetrators of violations, including arbitrary executions, sexual violence and torture of civilians, and warn that abuses by intelligence and counterintelligence services continue.

The third report of the fact-finding mission to Venezuela, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, released Tuesday, adds new details about a series of rights violations — including possible crimes against humanity — under President Nicolas Maduro’s government that experts for the documented for two years. past.

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“Venezuela continues to face a deep human rights crisis,” said Marta Valinas, a Portuguese legal expert who chairs the mission.

The mission said authorities have not done enough to compensate victims, and warned that violations continue “to this day” under the military counter-intelligence agency, known as DGCIM, and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, or SEBIN.

“Venezuelan authorities have failed to hold perpetrators to account and provide compensation to victims in a context where the judicial reforms announced from 2021 have failed to address the lack of independence and impartiality of the judicial system,” a statement from the government said. mission.

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The team, drawing its findings in part from nearly 250 interviews, documented a total of 122 cases of victims subjected to torture, sexual assault and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment at its Caracas headquarters and secret centers by DGCIM agents. through the land.

The experts are expected to present their findings to the council, which began its final fall session on Monday.

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Keaten reported from Geneva.