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Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch.  The report, “The War in Catatumbo: Abuses by Armed Groups Against…
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Killings, Disappearances, Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Go Unpunished

(Bogotá) – Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “…
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The Venezuelan government has systematically used brutal treatment, including torture, against anti-government protesters and political opponents. Security force personnel beat detainees severely and tortured them with electric shocks, asphyxiation,…
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Submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee in advance of its Pre-Sessional Review of Venezuela

Human Rights Watch welcomes the upcoming review of Venezuela by the Human Rights Committee. This briefing provides an overview of our main concerns with regard to Venezuela’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR…
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Punished for Protesting Rights Violations in Venezuela’s Streets, Detention Centers,  and Justice System Summary Violence by Protesters Unlawful Use…
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Address Abuses, Use of Excessive Force, Censorship

(New York) – The Organization of American States (OAS) and its member countries should proceed with a meeting on the situation in Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said today. The OAS should use the meeting to address the human rights violations committed in…
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International Community Should Condemn Abuses, Censorship

(New York) – Venezuelan security forces have used excessive and unlawful force against protesters on multiple occasions since February 12, 2014, including beating detainees and shooting at crowds of unarmed people, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
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Allow Peaceful Demonstrations and Investigate Acts of Violence

(Washington, DC) – The government of Venezuela should not limit citizens’ rights to freely express their views and assemble peacefully in response to the disputed presidential election, Human Rights Watch said today. It should respect freedom of the press…
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Government Acts to Curb Discussion About Chavez Health, Inauguration

(Washington, DC) – Venezuela should end censorship and intimidation of media that challenge the official line regarding President Hugo Chávez’s health and inauguration, Human Rights Watch said today. In recent days, the government has ordered a…
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Critics Targeted by Government

The concentration of power under President Hugo Chávez has taken a heavy toll on human rights in Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 133-page report, “Tightening the Grip: Concentration and Abuse of Power in Chávez's…
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Summary In 2008, Human Rights Watch released A Decade Under Chávez, a 230-page report documenting how the government of President…
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Draconian Fine on Globovisión an Abuse of Power

The draconian fine imposed on Venezuelan television station Globovisión for reporting on a prison riot harms freedom of expression in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The administrative action against the only television channel available…
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Criminalization of Offending Speech Violates Freedom of Expression

(Washington, DC) - The conviction of Oswaldo Álvarez Paz for disseminating "false information" - on the basis of his criticism of the Chávez government - is a move against free speech in Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuela should revoke…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

I. Summary President Hugo Chávez and his supporters have effectively neutralized the independence of Venezuela's judiciary. In the absence of a judicial check on its actions, the Chávez government has systematically undermined freedom of expression and…
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Human Rights Watch Oral Statement at the 16th Session of the Human Rights Council

(Geneva) - Human Rights Watch would like to thank the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) for its Opinion 20/2010 on the arbitrary detention of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni of Venezuela. The decision to prosecute Judge Afiuni for upholding…
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Letter to Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States

Bernardo Álvarez Herrera Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States   Dear Ambassador Álvarez, As a follow-up to the meeting that Mr. Angelo Rivero Santos held on August 16 with Ms. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Senior…
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Stop Prosecuting and Harassing Critics and Restricting Flow of Information

(Washington, DC) - Venezuela should close a recently created office that grants the Chávez administration broad powers to limit public debate, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also stop seeking to discredit human rights defenders and…