19 de julio de 2016 17:35 PM
Actualizado el 19 de julio de 2016 17:43 PM
The United Nations on Tuesday called on the government of Venezuela to accept the humanitarian assistance it has been offered to alleviate food shortages.
"We urge the government to accept humanitarian aid to support efforts aimed at the distribution of food and adequate supply of medicines, as well as to ensure their fair distribution," remarked the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
In the same statement, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm over the arrests in recent weeks of hundreds of people who participated in protests for food. The Office further rejected the use of excess force by law enforcement officers against demonstrators during protests.
"We call on the authorities to guarantee freedom of expression and association and peaceful assembly to facilitate protesters’ access to public spaces," added the UN Office, as quoted by Efe.
In this connection, Colombian authorities confirmed that 130,000 Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia last weekend at four border crossings open temporarily to buy food, medicines and other essential items.