CARACAS, Wednesday January 30, 2013 | Update

Government terms "hasty" UN remarks on Venezuelan jail

Foreign Minister Elías Jaua vowed to brief the OHCHR on the events at Uribana jail which claimed 58 lives

Wednesday January 30, 2013  04:15 PM
Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs thinks that the statements made by UN representatives Navi Pillay and Rupert Colville, were made in a hurry. According Pillay -the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights- and Colville -a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), widespread violence at Uribana jail "shows an alarming pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons."

"Having assessed the contents of the statement and discussed in the Council of Ministers, we would like to express that we deem the remarks and judgments issued in that statement as hasty," the Foreign Minister said.

However, the senior authority promised that his government had plans to contact the OHCHR in order to provide them with all the information, as appropriate, on the Uribana case.

The riot at the prison located in Lara state took a death toll of 58, in addition to 95 injured.

Jaua said that the Venezuelan government has followed all the UN recommendations as to human rights in jails. "That is a tough battle staged day by day by the national government," he contended.

To the mind of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 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.
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