Venezuela Crisis: UN Says Security Forces Killed Hundreds

(From BBC News)

Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN says in a new report.

The UN’s human rights body says it has credible accounts of security forces raiding poor neighbourhoods and killing young men, often in their homes.

The rule of law was “virtually absent” in the country, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.

Venezuela has in the past dismissed human rights allegations as “lies”.

The country is going through a protracted political and economic crisis.

Scores of protesters were killed in clashes during anti-government protests last year and the country is also experiencing hyperinflation and food shortages.

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