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UN: Global cooperation needed to address illicit trade of small arms
May 23, 2015
The United Nations Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted after a vote of nine in favor and no....... [more]

Rights groups urge Venezuela to stop harassing human rights defenders
April 7, 2015
A coalition of human rights groups on Tuesday urged Venezuelan authorities to stop intimidating and harassing human rights organizations. According to the groups, the government has employed tactics intended to discredit and undermine the legitimacy of 28 international and Latin American human right....... [more]

Amnesty: Venezuela allowing more abuses by failing to investigate 2014 protests
March 24, 2015
Venezuela effectively allows more violence and abuses through its failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the injuries and tortures during 2014 protests, Amnesty International (AI) announced in a report released Tuesday. During the protests 3,351 people were detained, and most were rele....... [more]

Venezuela authorizes use of force against demonstrators
January 31, 2015
Venezuelan authorities on Friday passed new regulations that will allow soldiers to use deadly force against demonstrators if they feel that their lives are at risk. These regulations were passed after a span of violent protests last year, as an attempt to maintain order in the country. The Venezuel....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Venezuela to release opposition leader
October 21, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged Venezuela to release politician and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Al Hussein expressed concern over the detention of Lopez and 69 others who were arrested in connection with public protests that took place across Venezu....... [more]

Venezuela judge orders opposition leader to stand trial
June 6, 2014
The 16th Control Judge of Caracas, Adriana Lopez, on Thursday ordered Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to remain in jail until trial on charges of instigating violence, damaging property and arson committed during a political rally on February 12. Lopez is the leader of the Popular Will p....... [more]

HRW: Venezuela security forces abusing protesters
May 6, 2014
Venezuelan security forces have abused and unlawfully detained protesters, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Monday. The rights group launched its investigation following a demonstration in February where three protesters were killed by Venezuelan security forces. In its invest....... [more]

Venezuela president announces arrest of generals accused of plotting coup
March 26, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday that three air force generals were arrested and brought before a military tribunal for plotting a coup. In his remarks on Venezuela's state run broadcast, Maduro stated that the three generals, who he did not name, were "trying to turn the a....... [more]

UN experts call for answer on violence in Venezuela
March 6, 2014
A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on th....... [more]

UN human rights chief calls for end to violence in Venezuela
February 28, 2014
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned the recent political violence in Venezuela, and urged all parties involved to move towards meaningful dialogue in hopes of resolving the situation. In an official statement, Pillay expressed serious concern at the amount of v....... [more]

UN rights office calls for peaceful resolution of Venezuela protests
February 15, 2014
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called on all parties involved in the violent protests in Venezuela to open dialogue to resolve the situation after three were killed in demonstrations on Wednesday. Protests against current President Nicola....... [more]


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