Amnesty report blames Venezuela government for ‘worst human rights crisis in its history’

Amnesty report blames Venezuela government for ‘worst human rights crisis in its history’ 

Venezuela Crisis


Amnesty International UK [advocacy website] blamed [press release] the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro [CNN profile] for the “worst human rights crisis in Venezulelan  history” in a report [text, PDF] published in his report. 

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The Amnesty International study shows human rights abuses [materials] that Amnesty condemns as showing a disregard for human life. Among the most poignant statistics are that 22 percent of homicides committed in 2016 were by government security officers and that more than a majority (60 percent) of murder victims are boys and young men ranging from 12-29 years old.

The Amnesty report point out attention to the sharp increase in Venezuelans leaving the country, likely as a result of the human rights violations. Amnesty International Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas [Women’s Media Center profile] urged Venezuela to change its policies saying, “the government of President Maduro should guarantee the right to life, instead of taking the lives of the country’s young people.”

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‘Language of war’

“It is alarming that, instead of applying efficient public policies to protect people and reduce levels of insecurity, the Venezuelan authorities are using the language of war to try to legitimize the use of excessive force by police and military officials,” Amnesty International Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas said. 

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“The government of President Maduro should guarantee the right to life, instead of taking the lives of the country’s young people,” she said.

According to the United Nations, more than 2 million Venezuelans have fled since 2014.

“A Meganalisis poll published in The Miami Herald last month found more than 30 percent of Venezuelans said they ate only one meal a day. Nearly the same number reported eating “nothing or close to nothing” at least one day a week. Seventy-eight percent said they had trouble finding enough food.”

Source: jurist.org, voanews.com

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