(CNN) — A UN report has accused the Venezuelan government of “crimes against humanity.”
This is stated in the report published this Wednesday by an independent international investigative mission that works for the United Nations Human Rights Council.
They investigated 223 cases of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and torture, and reviewed 2,891 additional incidents to corroborate patterns of violations and crimes. The UN’s International Independent Investigation Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela found that the Venezuelan government, as well as other state agents and groups working with them, had committed “egregious violations.”
Report: The crimes were committed with the knowledge of the high officials of the Venezuelan government
“The Mission found reasonable grounds to believe that the Venezuelan authorities and security forces have planned and carried out serious human rights violations since 2014, some of which – including arbitrary executions and the systematic use of torture – constitute crimes of Against humanity, ”said Marta Valiñas, president of the Mission.
“Far from being isolated acts, these crimes were coordinated and committed in accordance with state policies, with the knowledge or direct support of the commanders and senior government officials.”
The 411-page report includes 48 in-depth case studies and expands information on extrajudicial executions, politically motivated arrests and torture, and violence related to protests. It is the first report of the UN Independent International Investigation Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council,
CNN has reached out to the Venezuelan government for comment. You have not received a reply yet.
However, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has repeatedly criticized the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) calling them “biased.”