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PROTESTS IN VENEZUELA | United Nations

Ban Ki moon urges Venezuelan gov't to listen to demonstrators

The UN Secretary-General recommended Venezuelan authorities to ensure the rights of speech and demonstration

The UN Secretary-General was expected to meet with Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Elías Jaua (EFE)
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday March 03, 2014  12:17 PM
United Nations Secretary-General  Ban Ki moon advised on Monday Venezuelan authorities to listen to the demands of people who have been lately demonstrating against the government.

"I urge Venezuelan authorities to listen to legitimate expectations of those who protest," said Ban Ki moon during a press conference outside the high-level segment of the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council started on Monday in Geneva and in which opening session the senior officer took part, Efe quoted.

The Secretary-General emboldened the Venezuelan government to speak with the opposition and the people who flood the streets. He made no explicit reference to the National Peace Conference involving business sectors, civil society and the Catholic Church, at the initiative of President Nicolás Maduro.

The UN Secretary-General recommended Venezuelan authorities to ensure the rights of speech and demonstration. He clarified, however, that demonstrators need to express their disagreement "peacefully."

All such reflections would be directly delivered to Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elías Jaua, during a meeting in Geneva scheduled for Monday.

Venezuela has been swamped with protests since February 12, when three youngsters were killed after a peaceful demonstration of students and opponents in Caracas.
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