The report on human rights violations in the contexts of protests in Venezuela, recently published by the the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), sheds new light on the severity of the Maduro dictatorship.
Although accurate numbers are difficult to obtain due to the absence of official data available for the public, independent organizations assert that 5,051 people were arbitrarily detained between April 1 and July 31 with a quarter of them still remaining in detention as of July 31. According to the UN study, the authorities refused to acknowledge the whereabouts of the detainees, which signals that some detentions may have constituted forced disappearances. As well as that, the Attorney-General’s Office investigates 124 deaths related to the protests.
One of the victims was Neomar Lander, a 17-year-old killed on June 7 during a clash of police and protesters in Caracas, Venezuela. Pictured above, Venezuelans lighting candles in honour of Lander’s courage.
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