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U.N. Reports Venezuelan Death Squads Kill Young Men

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The U.N. accused Venezuelan security forces of using death squads to kill young men under the pretense of resisting arrest (Al Jazeera). U.N. Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, released a report on Thursday documenting a high number of alleged extrajudicial killings of political opponents in Venezuela (BBC). The Venezuelan government registered nearly 5,300 killings last […]

U.N. Human Rights Chief Visits Venezuela

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, arrived in Venezuela on June 19 for a three-day visit (Reuters). Bachelet’s visit came amid accusations that Maduro was “silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence” (AP). Bachelet met separately with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly Leader Juan Guaido (Reuters). She also met with […]

Russia Sends Troops to Venezuela

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Russian military planes landed near Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday and reports claim they were carrying dozens of troops and a large amount of equipment (BBC). Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported the planes were sent to “fulfill technical military contracts,” (BBC). However, the US and other countries are questioning if this act is legitimate. Opposition leader […]

Venezuelan Power Struggle

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The Venezuelan government is facing a power struggle after opposition leader, Juan Guaido, declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela on January 23, 2019 (Venezuela Analysis). This followed the re-election of President Nicolás Maduro, where allegations of vote-buying began spreading (Reuters). The United States (US), Canadian, Brazilian, Argentinean, and Colombian governments have all recognized Guaido has […]

US Sanctions Venezuela

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US President Donald Trump is continuing to pressure the government of Venezuela with new sanctions (Fox). Trump signed an executive order to ban anyone in the US from involving themselves with “corrupt or deceptive” gold sales from Venezuela (REUTERS). National Security Adviser John Bolton stated, “The new sanctions will target networks operating within corrupt Venezuelan economic […]