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HRW laments lack of democratic institutions in Venezuela

They chided police "brutality" during the protests

EL UNIVERSAL
Monday February 17, 2014  02:11 PM
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Director for the Americas José Miguel Vivanco affirmed on Sunday that Venezuela's current state of affairs "is very serious." In an interview released on Sunday on Chilean daily newspaper El Mercurio, the senior officer lamented the lack of democratic institutions able to curb the abuses.

Vivanco is afraid that the current state of affairs in Venezuela "is very delicate," as "police authorities are behaving brutally" during anti-government demonstrations beginning last week.

"There are not in Venezuela democratic institutions able to curb, prevent and punish abuses," the HRW director of Chilean origin commented.

As far as he is concerned, the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro "does not express any attempt at disapproving" violence. Instead, it has responded with "censorship" on local and foreign media.

"Reaction has meant demonizing and charging Venezuelan opposition leaders without producing any evidence," said Vivanco, who has been banned from visiting Venezuela since 2008.

Vivanco suggested that the "only viable alternative" to the Venezuelan case is "the presence, participation and intervention of the international community."
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