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Special attention is needed for Venezuela, says IACHR

Venezuela, in addition to Colombia, Cuba and Haiti, should be paid "special attention" in terms of human rights, said the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

These four countries are in a separate chapter of the annual report submitted Thursday by IAHCR, a body in the Organization of American States (OAS) for the promotion and protection of human rights.

The report collects the strides and shortcomings in 2006 with regard to human rights in the hemisphere, Efe reported.

The IACHR expressed concern about Venezuela for the killings and serious damages suffered by hundred people held in captivity.

According to the paper, such a situation is the result, in part, of poor monitoring to prevent weapons from reaching prisons, lack of skilled security staff, heavy caseload and inmates' poor conditions.

The Commission remembered also that since its last visit to Venezuela in 2002, it has requested unsuccessfully the Venezuelan government's clearance to come back again.