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.
A group of some 60 Venezuelan economists from across the country and from different generations and backgrounds, has met regularly in the past couple of years and now has brought forth a document explaining the reasons of the current emergency and outlining specific proposals on how to address the serious economic crisis the country has plunged into over the last three years.