Venezuela

Ensuring fundamental freedoms vital to peaceful elections in Venezuela – UN rights experts

Voicing concerns over deteriorating restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and assembly in Venezuela, United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government to guarantee the safety of all individuals and their peaceful participation in the parliamentary elections, set for this Sunday.

Top UN human rights official calls for more safety after political opponent killing in Venezuela

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, today called on Venezuelan authorities to ensure that political opponents, human rights defenders and others facing threats in relation to their work are adequately protected.

Venezuela must uphold rights of ‘even those who disagree with State policies’ – UN human rights chief

At a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed the need to promote and protect human rights in Venezuela and to defend even those who disagree with the State’s policies, while Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros vowed to continue employing truth to defend his country against “audacious accusations” and “imperialist attacks.”

Tensions between Colombia and Venezuela "put citizens at risk"

The lack of a political solution to the on-going tensions between Colombia and Venezuela is of great concern, according to a top UN official in the region.

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UN chief offers ‘good offices’ support in Colombia-Venezuela border dispute

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed to the Foreign Ministers of Colombia and Venezuela that he “trusted” their countries would address the border challenges they faced through constructive dialogue, and offered his “good offices” mediation services if both parties so requested.

UN human rights office calls on Colombia and Venezuela to resolve border situation through dialogue

Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office called today on the authorities in both countries to ensure the situation is resolved through “calm discussion and dialogue, firmly grounded in their obligations under international human rights law and refugee law.”

UN experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

In retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights bodies, a group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s State-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists.