UN rights council to mull sending investigators to Venezuela

A group of Latin American and other countries on Friday brought a resolution before the UN Human Rights Council urging the body to send a team of investigators to probe rights violations in Venezuela.

The 17 petitioning nations presented a draft resolution voicing “grave concern at the alarming situation of human rights” in Venezuela.

The text called for the UN’s top rights body to “dispatch urgently an independent international fact-finding mission” to Venezuela “to investigate extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment”.

he one-year mission should carry out its investigation “with a view to ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims, “said the concerned nations which include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Israel.
The text, which will be voted on before the end of the ongoing 42nd session of the council next Friday, deplored “the systematic abuse of State institutions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, accelerating the erosion of the rule of law and of democratic institutions”.

It also urged Caracas to release all “political prisoners” and voiced “grave concern” over UN rights office findings in July suggesting that many of the more than 6,000 killings in alleged confrontations with state forces since early 2018 may in fact have been “executions”.

Earlier this month, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet lamented to the council that Venezuela’s police special forces (FAES) were suspected of continuing to carry out extrajudicial killings in the country.