October 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
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 ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
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 ...[read more]
May 6, 2014
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
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 ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
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 ...[read more]
March 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
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 ...[read more]
February 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
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 ...[read more]
September 11, 2013
by Max Slater
Venezuela's government officially withdrew from an international human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling a plan by former president Hugo Chavez. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) because the ...[read more]
August 9, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by presidential candidate Henrique Capriles challenging the results of the March election. Capriles lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela's presidential election, which took place following the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro was ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 31, 2011, Venezuelan Minister of Prisons Iris Varela announced plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding. Other countries have implemented similar measures, including Bangladesh, which released inmates in June 2008 and August 2010. In June ...[read more]

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