On Wednesday Amnesty International issued formal condemnation of the Venezuelan government for what it described as a pattern of shocking human rights abuses and state repression under President Nicolas Maduro, including the execution of several people, as well as using live fire to put down anti-Maduro protests, killing dozens according to Amnesty.
The respected international human rights monitoring body issued a report titled "Hunger, punishment and fear, the formula for repression in Venezuela," which analyzed government repression during the height of recent unrest. Over 5 days, from Jan 21 to Jan 25, the report found that "dozens died... almost all from gunshot wounds" along with 900 arrests.
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Further, in a move that seems straight out of the "Arab Spring" playbook, which resulted in direct as well as covert military intervention in places like Libya, Syria, and Yemen, Amnesty International didn't just call on Caracas to cease its oppression, but called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to take action to address the "total impunity that prevails in Venezuela". Specifically it urged that an independent investigative body be formed by the UN to spotlight human rights abuses in the Latin American country.
"The authorities under Nicolas Maduro are trying to use fear and punishment to impose a repulsive strategy of social control against those who demand change," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty. "His government is attacking the most impoverished people that it claims to defend, but instead it murders, detains and threatens them."
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Amnesty sent an information gathering team to investigate on the ground during the height of the protests, according to the report:
In just five days, at least 41 people died during these protests, all of them from gunshot wounds. More than 900 were arbitrarily detained, and just on 23 January (the day that demonstrations were held across...
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