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UN Slams 'Widespread and Systematic Use of Excessive Force' in Venezuela

UN Slams 'Widespread and Systematic Use of Excessive Force' in Venezuela

The ALBA alliance supported Maduro's Constituent Assembly in Venezuela and condemned the sanctions imposed by the United States.

"The responsibility for the human rights violations we are recording lies at the highest levels of government", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

Despite a widespread popular uprising, that has been violently repressed by state security forces, causing more than 120 deaths, Corbyn appears to place ideological affinity with his socialist comrade Maduro over human rights considerations, even though virtually the entire global community has aligned to reject Maduro's power grab.

Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, along with foreign ministers and representatives from across the Americas, gives a news conference after a meeting to discuss the Venezuelan crisis, in Lima, Peru, August 8, 2017.

"The Constituent Assembly got off on the right foot", Maduro said on Sunday.

The U.S. has called the vote to create the assembly illegitimate and a sign that President Nicolas Maduro is trying to strengthen what the U.S. calls his "dictatorship".

The government-packed high court sentenced Ramon Muchacho to 15 months in prison for not following an order to remove barricades set up in the leafy Chacao district of eastern Caracas where the Emory University MBA graduate has been mayor since 2013.

Analysts said discord could be seen in the lower ranks of the security forces.

"It's the truth of only one sector", said Carlos Berrizbeitia, an opposition lawmaker.

Venezuela has been beset by a wave of anti-government protests since April 1 that have left at least 121 people dead. "The only thing he wants today is for us to abandon the street".

Delegates of the newly-elected Constituent Assembly forced their way into the palace and ordered guards to prevent opposition congressmen from entering the building, according to the opposition.

The assembly was expected to gather at the legislative palace in Caracas for the first time since voting Saturday to remove the nation's outspoken chief prosecutor, a move that drew condemnation from numerous same regional government that are sending representatives to the meeting in Peru's capital.

Venezuelan security forces have used excessive force and arbitrarily detained thousands of people over months of sometimes deadly anti-regime protests, the UN's human rights office said Tuesday, citing interviews with demonstrators and witnesses. The official turnout count in the constitutional assembly election has been questioned at home and overseas.

At least 40 global leaders have called on Maduro not to launch the new Assembly, threating not to recognize it.

The sanctions place locks on any assets the individuals might have in the United States, and bans any US Americans or American companies, including banks with US offices, from doing business with them.


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