Venezuela

Venezuela: UN rights chief calls for immediate release of opposition leader, politicians

Expressing serious concern at the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in February during mass public protests that took place across the country, the United Nations human rights chief called on the authorities for the “immediate release’ of all those being held.

Venezuela: UN concerned at renewed violence, reported excessive use of force

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at renewed violence in Venezuela, and at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests.

Ban welcomes start of dialogue to ease Venezuela tensions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the start of dialogue to ease political tensions in Venezuela and called on all actors to work towards overcoming the current challenges facing the country.

Ban saddened at death of UN envoy dealing with Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep sadness at the death of Norman Girvan of Jamaica, who had been his Personal Representative on the Border Controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010.

Ban urges dialogue to defuse tensions, prevent further violence in Venezuela

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at continuing reports of violence and loss of life amid protests in Venezuela, and urged that all efforts be urgently made to lower the tensions and prevent further violence.

UN rights office urges probe into Venezuela violence, calls for dialogue to resolve crisis

The United Nations human rights office today, deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Venezuela, including the death of at least three people during protests on Wednesday, called on all parties to engage in dialogue to peacefully resolve the crisis.