The Hyderabad Deccan English Daily


Venezuela: UN concerned at renewed violence, use of force



New York, May 10 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights office on Friday voiced concern at renewed violence in Venezuela, and at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests.

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Venezuelan troops rounded up more than 200 youth movement protesters who had been camping peacefully outside the UN Development Programme (UNDP) offices in Caracas and other parts of the city on Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters that a total of 243 people were arrested, according to official figures.

"The Government has claimed that the camps were being used as bases for staging violent protests, and that they had found molotov cocktails, arms and drugs there," he said.

The majority of those detained, who include 18 minors and one pregnant woman, have reportedly been taken to Tiuna military premises. Lawyers and families have complained about lack of information about the whereabouts of those detained as well as lack of access to them.

Colville said that hundreds of other demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the arrests of the youths and the dismantling of the camps.

"Barricades were set up and roads blocked. A policeman was shot dead and three others reportedly injured during clashes. Protesters were also reportedly injured. Further arrests were reported throughout Caracas on Thursday evening."

OHCHR also voiced concern at reports of violence and attacks, usually started by armed individuals, in and around Venezuelan universities, which have been taking place since the beginning of the week.

The Library of the Fermin Toro University in Barquisimeto was set on fire, and police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrations inside and outside the premises of the Catholic University in Puerto Ordaz.

"We unequivocally condemn all violence by all sides in Venezuela. We are particularly concerned at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests," said Colville.

"We therefore reiterate the High Commissioner's call to the Government to ensure that people are not penalised for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression and for sustained and inclusive, peaceful dialogue based on Venezuela's human rights obligations," he said, adding that OHCHR remains available to support efforts to this end.


2014-05-10




Comments


No comments yet! Be the first one to leave a comment.


Add Comment

Name:
Comment:
well, this is out capcha image Enter the Numbers in the image


Latest Videos:
Shooter farooq murdered in Vattepally, Falakhnuma Police limits Total Shutdown during Telangana household survey on August 19, 2014
Officials conducting Telangana household survey in Hyderabad on August 19, 2014 Curfew like situation at MGBS, Imliban during Telangana household survey on August 19, 2014

Related Articles:

UN urges probe into Venezuela violence, calls for dialogue ..
UN human rights office concerned by reports of ongoing violation ..
Pranab Mukherjee sends prayers for cancer-hit Venezuela Presiden ..
UN concerned over Venezuela’s withdrawal from rights conventio ..
Ban Ki-moon saddened at death of UN envoy Norman Girvan ..
Hugo Chavez re-elected as Venezuela President ..
UN urges halt to violence, inflammatory rhetoric in Venezuela ..
"Chavez spoke to the challenges & aspirations of the most vulner ..
Ban Ki-moon urges dialogue to defuse tensions in Venezuela ..
UN urges probe into violence amid protests in Venezuela ..

Venezuela Buys Rockets from Russia

Venezuela, Sept. 12 2009: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has signed an arms deal with Russia for short range missiles. The missiles have a

Venezuela deny Paraguay in dramatic draw

July 13: Two late goals earned Venezuela a 3-3 draw with Paraguay in a dramatic Group B encounter in Salta which saw both teams advance to the Copa Am

Gaza violence: India calls for direct talks

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IBNS): India on Sunday said that it was "deeply concerned" at the steep escalation of violence in Gaza between Israel and Palestine

Chavez: Venezuela, Libya creating $1 billion fund

Caracas (Venezuela), Oct 26:a€ˆVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his government is creating a USD 1 billion joint fund with Libya to pay for pr

Venezuela's Ivian Sarcos is Miss World 2011

London, November 7: Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos was on Sunday evening crowned Miss World 2011, and India's hopes of winning the title for the sixth ti

One dead, 30 hurt in Venezuela train crash

Charallave (Venezuela), Sept 30: Two commuter trains collided in a tunnel outside Caracas, killing at least one person, injuring about 30 and leaving

Paraguay advances to Copa America final

Mendoza, July 21: Paraguay rode its luck through another penalty shootout to beat Venezuela on Wednesday and set up a Copa America final against Urugu

Related News

     
     

This page was created in 0.744973897934 seconds