Switzerland: UN Commissioner warns of potential «crimes against humanity» in Venezuela

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, reported on Monday at the beginning of a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva that the government of Venezuela may have committed «crimes against humanity». «There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate. With the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices, including through... Еще criminal proceedings against opposition leaders, recourse to arbitrary detentions, excessive use of force and ill treatment of detainees, which in some cases amounts to torture», Zeid warned. The High Commissioner urged the Council «to establish an international investigation into the human rights violations in Venezuela». In turn, Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, answered to Zeid's allegations by demanding him to «stop the aggression» against the South American country through reports that are «full of lies, unprovable information, distorted arguments and offenses». Arreaza said that «if there's a country that can be criticised for violations of human rights and has to be objectively evaluated by this body, that's precisely the United States», because of its «violations to human rights such as illegal wars, economic blockades, coercive measures, despicable walls to separate nations, illegal prisons», among others.

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