Human Rights in Venezuela

Highlighting some of the human rights abuses of the previous five years, this report examines the structures of the judicial system and archaic statutes that permit the denial of due process; these include aspects of the military justice system as well as inefficiency in the civilian courts and a lack of transparency in internal police disciplinary procedures. It also discusses cases and situations that illustrate some of the most serious kinds of abuses that have occurred in this period, particularly those where judicial conduct has been especially questionable, as in the investigation into the 1988 massacre of fourteen fishermen at El Amparo.

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