CARACAS, Wednesday March 19, 2014 | Update

Venezuelan demonstrations back to the UN agenda

Human Rights Watch made an appeal for the end of abuses against students demonstrating in Venezuela

The UNHRC will hear the Venezuelan case (File photo)
Wednesday March 19, 2014  10:11 AM
Abuse of power by police and military officers in an attempt to end student demonstrations taking place in Venezuela in the last four weeks has been the subject of debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed on Tuesday before the international instance its concerns about the state of fundamental rights in the country, and urged States "to ask the government of Nicolás Maduro to uphold its international legal obligations to respect human rights, and, specifically, to end abuses against demonstrators and ensure the release and respect for due process guarantees of those who were arbitrarily detained."

Furthermore, HRW stressed that torture and vexation by security forces have been repeatedly been reported. Furthermore, it recalled that the "government has also tolerated and collaborated with pro-government armed groups of civilians."

HRW has pointed out that the situation has paved the way to persecute opposition leaders such as Leopoldo López, who has been held accountable, without any piece of evidence, for the violent acts of February 12.