UN Rights chief Bachelet urges Venezuela to release prisoners detained for protesting peacefully

MAIQUETIA, Venezuela, 22 June: United Nations (UN) human rights leader Michelle Bachelet has urger on Friday the Venezuelan government to immediately released prisoners, detained for peacefully protesting in the nation, and further confirm a delegation team would continue to monitor human rights situation in the nation.

According to Reuters news reports, ex-Chilean President Bachelet who arrived in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, for an official three-day visit on Wednesday, has met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opposition chief Juan Guaido, also human right violations’ victims and activists.

Addressing a media conference before leaving Venezuela at the Maiquetia international airport, Bachelet said, “It was deeply painful to hear the desire of the victims, of their families, to obtain justice in the face of serious human rights violations.”

Bachelet further added saying, “I hope that our evaluation, our cooperation, and our assistance  will help reinforce the prevention of torture and access to justice in Venezuela.”

Bachelet paid the visit at an invitation from the Venezuelan government, which came days ahead of the beginning of a three-week session of the UN human rights council.

Western countries are expected to make use of the session to pile condemnation on embattled Venezuelan president, in the midst of economic turmoil in Caracas that triggered a flight of over 4 million refugees.


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