Venezuela using excessive force to suppress protests, says UN

Venezuela using excessive force to suppress protests, says UN

Venezuela using excessive force to suppress protests, says UN

"President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Foreign ministers from 17 Western Hemisphere nations, however, refused to recognise the new "all-powerful body", AP reported.

The envoys also condemned what they said were Venezuela's systematic violations of human rights and denounced the Maduro government's incarceration of political figures.

According to media reports, President Nicolás Maduro declared victory in elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by him.

That decree came on Tuesday just hours after the assembly delegates took control of a legislative chamber and put up pictures of the late President Hugo Chavez, who installed Venezuela's socialist system.

Maradona's support comes in the face of a deepening political crisis in Venezuela.

The new constitutional assembly has signaled it will act swiftly in following through with Maduro's commands.

Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature is refusing to recognize the new constitutional assembly as well as a new government prosecutor who replaces an outspoken government critic. "We are looking for ways to coexist". He said Venezuela's only way out was to return to democracy by dissolving the constituent assembly, freeing all political prisoners and holding a new presidential election.

President Donald Trump's administration announced last week that it was freezing any US assets Maduro might possess and barring any American from doing business with him in response to the July 30 election for delegates to the constitutional assembly.

And U.S. sanctions against Maduro haven't stopped his agenda of consolidating power.

The opposition to Maduro also faced another fight on Wednesday before the Supreme Court, which scheduled a hearing on charges against a Caracas-area opposition mayor.

Mr. Maduro has made this statement in Caracas during a meeting on Tuesday with his few allies, among which Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador, all members of the bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (Alba).

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today warned that since the wave of demonstrations began in April, there has been a clear pattern of excessive force used against protesters. And as for the second part of the definition, stating that dictators often rule "in a cruel or brutal way", there have been at least 120 deaths in the government's repression of street protests over the past four months.

It called on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to rein in security forces and investigate alleged abuses, release people arbitrarily detained, and ensure the protection of the ousted Attorney-General Luisa Ortega.

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