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UN Committee against Torture pursues meeting with Venezuelan gov't

The petition would be submitted soon, including specific terms to meet the Committee requirements

The UN Committee against Torture addressed the Venezuelan case previously in 2014 

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15 de agosto de 2017 17:49 PM

Actualizado el 15 de agosto de 2017 18:02 PM

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UN Committee against Torture requests meeting with Venezuelan gov't

The United Nations Committee against Torture plans to request the Venezuelan government a meeting in Geneva to discuss “the deteriorated situation” in Venezuela and an urgent follow-up report after the claims of mistreatment, abuse of authority and torture.

“In this session, we have tackled the deteriorated situation in Venezuela and have resolved to send a special reminder to the government, asking for the urgent delivery of a follow-up report,” the Committee chief, Jens Modvig, told reporters.

The UN Committee against Torture addressed the Venezuelan case previously in 2014 and later requested the government a follow-up report that has not been delivered yet. For this reason, the report needs to be provided within a specific deadline and should include the issue of the protests started in April, sources told Efe.

According to Modvig, the step taken by the Committee “goes beyond, as it gets out from the usual procedures.”

Last week, the United Nations stated in a preliminary report that Venezuelan security bodies have mistreated in a “systematic and generalized” way thousand demonstrators and have arbitrarily detained at least 5,000 people, many of whom suffered torture during their seclusion.

During the wave of anti-government protests, 124 people have been killed, including 73 by security forces or related groups.

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