On March 27, 2014, the National Guard and armed militias attacked a residential neighborhood in Maracaibo, Zulia state in Venezuela. Paramilitaries ransacked and robbed the homes of Block 18 in the middle class Trinidad neighborhood under the careful watch of the National Guard. One young woman was dragged away by militias.
In a newly published report on Venezuela, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International says, “The country runs the risk of descending into a spiral of violence unless steps are taken to bring the conflicting parties around the table. This can only happen if both sides fully respect human rights and the rule of law. Unless this happens, the death toll will continue to rise with ordinary people bearing the brunt.” She adds: “All allegations of human rights violations and abuses have to be promptly and thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.”