UN rights office calls for peaceful resolution of Venezuela protests Nicholas Tomsho at 10:29 AM ET
[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called on [press release] 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 Nicolas Maduro [official profile, in Spanish] escalated earlier this week in response to the detainment of student demonstrators, rising crime rates and increasing economic hardship. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville expressed concern over reports of intimidation of journalists and the potential detainment of nonviolent protesters who may be brought up on terrorism charges. "We are ... concerned that this situation could trigger further outbreaks of violence and that a cycle of violence may take place. We call on all parties in Venezuela to engage in peaceful dialogue to find a way through this crisis," Colville said.
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