CARACAS, Friday May 10, 2013 | Update
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IACHR urges Venezuelan gov't to ensure human rights

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights asked the Venezuelan State to commence an investigation into all the reports of death and violence

Friday May 10, 2013  12:17 PM
The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has tracked the current state of affairs in Venezuela after the presidential election held last April 14 and has expressed deep concern about the serious events following the election, as well as the attacks occurred on April 30 at the National Assembly (AN).

The IACHR urged the Venezuelan State to urgently take whatever necessary measures to ensure the rights to life and safety, as well as political rights, freedom of association and freedom of speech.

In a press release, the organization acknowledged receipt of worrisome information over the past few weeks, about killings, attacks for political reasons on public and private facilities, repression of demonstrators by means of out-of-proportion, excessive use of force, presumably arbitrary detentions, prohibition of rallies, intimidation of public servants based on their political opinions and restriction on freedom of speech, among others.
The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."