UN holds Venezuelan State accountable for deaths at Uribana jail
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) called for a "prompt investigation" so that those accountable for the violent incident can be identified and the relatives of the victims can be compensated
"What happened reflects a disturbing pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons," said at a press conference Pillay's spokesman, Rupert Colville, Efe reported.
"It is a result of the alarming lack of services in Venezuelan prisons, the overcrowding of inmates, and the fact that many of the inmates are under pre-trial detention for a long time," he added.
Therefore, the High Commissioner believes that the Venezuelan authorities "are responsible for what happened, because they should look after the welfare of prisoners."
Pillay called for a "prompt investigation," so that those accountable for the violent incident can be identified and the relatives of the victims can be compensated.
The Venezuelan government confirmed Sunday that the riot at Uribana jail, in Lara state, northwest Venezuela, left 58 people dead and 46 injured.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.