Friday, February 28th 2014 - 02:42 UTC

Venezuela political power, 'concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive'

An executive summary published on Thursday by the US State Department describes Venezuela’s political power as “concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive”, and reported human rights abuses, including corruption, freedom of speech restrictions, and political persecutions amid others.

The US State Department also reports severe human rights violations

 Citing information collected from Venezuelan NGOs, local media reports and the Bolivarian government itself, the entity led by Secretary of State John Kerry enlists severe human rights violations, revealing:

“Unlawful killings, including summary killings by police elements; torture and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions and lack of due process rights that contributed to widespread violence, riots, injuries, and deaths in prisons,” the report revealed.

Despite the fact no official statistics have been published regarding allegations of tortures, Provea –a governmental educational program- reported at least “76 victims of torture and cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment”, a considerable increase comparing the figure of “42 victims in all of 2012.”

However the report ruled out cases of forced disappearance.

“ substantiated reports of politically motivated disappearances,” have been reported.

The document titled “Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2013” was published as political unrest rocks the South American country led by President Nicolás Maduro, including street protests, riots, and violence which have caused the death of at least 15 people since February 12.

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1 Stevie (#) Feb 28th, 2014 - 05:56 am Report abuse
USA pointing at human rights abuses...

Well, they know all about it, don't they?

2 ilsen (#) Feb 28th, 2014 - 08:45 am Report abuse

And your point is what exactly?

Are you saying the report is incorrect?

Crawl back under your rock....
3 Optimus_Princeps (#) Feb 28th, 2014 - 02:43 pm Report abuse
@2 Some people just have a one dimensional view of reality and everything has to be turned into a good vs evil, right vs wrong argument.

I guess some “turnips” can't pick out an good point when they hear it, even if they don't like the person that is saying it.
4 Conqueror (#) Feb 28th, 2014 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
@1 Isn't latam the “land of the disappeared”. Would it be on a par with Africa? Or, depending on your point of view, is it better/worse? “Better” if you're in government, “worse” if you're a member of the family of one of the “disappeared”.
5 ChrisR (#) Feb 28th, 2014 - 07:55 pm Report abuse
Part of the reason why the USA has the poor reputation that it has around the world is very simple.

It says one thing and does another on virtually every serious topic. I thought the UK had a problem in this area but the USA has turned it into an art.

Guantanamo Bay is a classic. Ragheads captured in the war zone and brought to Cuba. Why FFS? Could they not have been shot in combat or “escaping” after interrogation in the field? We are told that a number of potential attacks on the US have been averted by the interrogation of these Islamists but of course it’s too sensitive to even allude at what. And look at the bad faith this facility is engendering in the Muslim world.

They have martyrs already, a few hundred more would not have caused anywhere near the hand wringing that the bleeding hearts around the world have been guilty of.

The USA need to get a grip: do they want to win against insurgents or not? If they ARE the big dog in the back yard they need to start acting like it instead of a pussy cat when the do-gooders are given the ammunition they need to start trouble.
6 malen (#) Feb 28th, 2014 - 11:03 pm Report abuse
Latin america has its owns organizations and instruments for this issues.
USA its playing its game of putting its nose where it not corresponds.
7 ilsen (#) Mar 03rd, 2014 - 08:17 am Report abuse
@6 please tell us about these instruments, and these organisations, their activities and the outcomes.
Thank you

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