Independent experts commissioned by the highest human rights body of the UN have denounced that the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro committed crimes against humanity
| 09/16/2020 | ionicons-v5-c09: 21 | AP |
Experts issued a scathing and insightful report Wednesday that the Maduro government committed extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. He recommended prosecuting those responsible to ensure they don’t happen again.
The report was commissioned last year by the Human Rights Council, made up of 47 states, which has the backing of the United Nations.
The findings, based on nearly 3,000 cases that were investigated or examined, concluded that Maduro and his defense and interior ministers were aware of crimes committed by security forces and intelligence agencies. Furthermore, it alleges that high-level authorities had power and supervision over the forces and agencies.
The report is likely to fuel international and national criticism against the Maduro government, which leads a country in ruins with rampant inflation, violent repression and an exodus of millions of Venezuelans who have fled to neighboring countries to escape the turmoil since took office in 2013.