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(Washington, DC, April 26, 2021) – Venezuelan security forces have committed egregious abuses against local residents during a weeks-long operation against armed groups on the border with Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuelan security…
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Venezuelan authorities’ treatment of approximately 100,000 citizens returning from other countries in many cases is abusive and is likely to amplify transmission of Covid-19, Human Rights Watch and the Johns Hopkins University’s Centers for Public Health…
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(New York, May 26, 2020) – The Venezuelan healthcare system is grossly unprepared for the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, further jeopardizing the health of Venezuelans and threatening to contribute to regional spread of the disease, Human Rights Watch…
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(New York, February 4, 2020) – Residents of Venezuela’s southern Bolívar state are suffering amputations and other horrific abuses at the hands of armed groups, including Venezuelan groups called “syndicates” in the area and Colombian armed groups…
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(Santiago de Chile, November 26, 2019) – Chilean authorities should overhaul the police force in the wake of compelling evidence of excessive use of force and serious abuses against demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said today. Starting on October 18,…
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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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(Washington, DC, April 4, 2019) – The combination of severe medicine and food shortages within Venezuela, together with the spread of disease across the country’s borders, amounts to a complex humanitarian emergency that requires a full-scale response by…
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(New York, January 9, 2019) – Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have detained and tortured military personnel suspected of plotting against the government, Human Rights Watch and the Venezuelan nongovernmental group Foro Penal said today.…
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Governments in the Americas should develop a collective and uniform response to the exodus of people fleeing Venezuela. They should consider adopting a uniform temporary protection regime to afford security and legal status to Venezuelans seeking…
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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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The scale and brutality of violent repression by Venezuelan security forces is evident in video footage shot in recent months. Since early April, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest against Venezuela’s increasingly…
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On May 31, 2017, the Organization of American States will carry out a meeting of foreign affairs ministers to address the situation in Venezuela. At the meeting, the region must press the Maduro administration to end the repression, release political…
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Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis is spilling across its borders, Human Rights Watch said today. Latin American governments need to apply strong pressure on the Maduro administration to address severe shortages of medicine and food in Venezuela that are…