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HRW Statement - Item 4 ID on the High Commissioner's report on Venezuela

We thank the High Commissioner for her report. The evidence on the ground shows that Venezuelan authorities have absolutely failed to comply with UN recommendations: Torture, inhumane treatment, forced disappearances and arbitrary detentions…
Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro holds a copy of the constitution during his annual address to the nation before lawmakers at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela

The report of the Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela is a sobering reminder of why the mandate is so sorely needed. Concluding that there are reasonable grounds to believe crimes against humanity have been committed, the report provides a solid…
People wearing face masks walk past a mural depicting Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 17, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
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It would be easy to give up on the United Nations Human Rights Council, as the Trump administration has done. Based in Geneva, the council is supposed to be a beacon for the world, a place where victims of human rights violations can look for abusive…
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Montserrat listens during the opening of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on September 11, 2017.
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Several Problematic Candidates Vie for Seats on Top Rights Body

(New York) – Several candidates vying for seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council have problematic rights records, and UN member states should not vote for Venezuela. Venezuela’s abusive government clearly falls short of minimum standards…
A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.
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The corrupt and oppressive government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela has detained and tortured political opponents, shot demonstrators, and left the country so economically devastated that more than 4 million people—some 10 percent of…
The Exiles: A Trip to the Border Highlights Venezuela’s Devastating Humanitarian Crisis
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UN Human Rights Council Should Create an Independent Fact-Finding Mission

The Venezuelan government is trying hard to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) members that it is committed to working with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and High Commissioner…
Riot police clash with anti-government demonstrators in the neighborhood of Los Mecedores, in Caracas, on January 21, 2019.
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Human Rights Watch Oral Intervention under Item 2: General Debate on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Update

Thank you, Mr. President, High Commissioner, Venezuela is facing the most profound human rights crisis at the current time in Latin America. It combines a brutal crackdown on dissent with arbitrary arrests and torture of government opponents,…
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Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner Bachelet on Venezuela

We welcome the UN High Commissioner’s strong report, which includes key information on the major human rights problems in Venezuela: the brutal crackdown on dissent, widespread impunity for violations, the humanitarian emergency, and the resulting massive…
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne, Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy. We attach a…
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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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Statement during item 2 General Debate

We welcome the High Commissioner’s oral update on the situation in Venezuela, the first of its kind, and look forward to the report to be presented in June. In this vein, we’d like to highlight some areas where the UN High Commissioner’s upcoming report…
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A call to support a resolution at HRC 39 to ensure monitoring and reporting to the Council

Overview Since President Maduro came to power in 2013, there has been an alarming rise in the intensity of abuses and the severity of the rights crackdown in Venezuela. Political and civil society repression has stifled dissenting voices.…
A girl wears a Venezuelan flag as Venezuelan security forces block access to opposition supporters and mourners of rogue ex-policeman Oscar Perez to the main morgue of the city, in Caracas, Venezuela January 20, 2018.
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Joint NGO statement during the Item 10 General Debate

“Spiralling downwards with no end in sight”: That’s how a group of UN Special Procedures, including the Special Rapporteurs on health, adequate housing, extreme poverty and food categorized Venezuela in January of this year. This is also the title of a…
All pictures were taken during a demonstration in Caracas on June 27.
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Venezuelan Crisis needs to be a Council Priority

No one was surprised when Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected last May, or when the opposition alleged voting irregularities. Unofficial reports estimated low voter turnout, less than 40%, despite government officials’ frantic attempts to…
A girl wears a Venezuelan flag as Venezuelan security forces block access to opposition supporters and mourners of rogue ex-policeman Oscar Perez to the main morgue of the city, in Caracas, Venezuela January 20, 2018.
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Government Should Commit to Acting on Findings

India’s government dismissed the first-ever United Nations report on human rights in Kashmir as “fallacious, tendentious, and motivated,” saying the findings are “overtly prejudiced” and seek to “build a false narrative.” …
A woman watches the funeral of a civilian who, according to local media, was hit by a police vehicle during a protest after Friday prayers, in Srinagar, June 2, 2018.