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U.N. Human Rights Chief Visits Venezuela

Paula Moya, Intern, Latin America and the Caribbean

June 27, 2019

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 socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, the head of the Supreme Court, the attorney general and victims of human rights violations (AP).

Bachelet encouraged Maduro and Guaido to set deep political differences aside and commit to dialogue to end Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis (AP 2). She also urged Venezuela’s government to release those arrested for peacefully protesting (Reuters). The government has detained more than 700 people for political reasons (BBC). Maduro stated that he would take Bachelet’s “suggestions, recommendations and proposals with absolute seriousness” (AP 2). Two delegates will remain in Venezuela to “more-easily” advise the government and monitor human rights (Reuters; AP 2).






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