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Venezuelan authorities deny human rights violations at the UN

The Venezuelan delegation comprised 30 members and officials of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice and the government

Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz took part in a UN hearing on Monday (File photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday June 30, 2015  10:48 AM
The Venezuelan State denied on Monday at the United Nations that human rights violations were committed or tolerated in Venezuela. "We are not allowed, because of our internal legal system, to sacrifice any rights or liberties for the sake of security," asserted Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz during the first assessment hearing on Civil and Political Rights Venezuela faces at the UN Human Rights Committee.

Ortega Díaz headed the Venezuelan delegation, comprised of 30 members and officials of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice and the government, Efe reported.

The attorney general replied to complaints made by civil organizations concerning criminalization of protest, and stressed the right to demonstrations was ensured, as long as demonstrations are peaceful and without weapons. "If the absence of such conditions, it stops being a right," she said during a tense hearing where she accused some members of the committee of being judgmental.
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