Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Admitting atrocities - Venezuela

Defense minister Vladimir Padrino López issued a statement this Tuesday about the criminal conduct of his subordinates: “I don’t want to see another National Guard committing an atrocity in the street. Whoever breaks from the State’s line, from the preeminence of human rights, from respect for human rights and behaves unlike a professional, is going to be held accountable.”

This happens after 67 days of protests in which repression has only dialed up in tandem with GN and PNB crimes.

The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke at the opening of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council, pointing out that our growing crisis on the matter underscores the urgency of an impartial analysis and swift assistance: “I urge the government to accept my request for a work mission in the field,” insisted Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Meanwhile the U.S. denounced the Venezuelan government repressing protests against it ....