Human Rights Watch: Unarmed Protestors Beaten, Shot: Rights Violations in Venezuela

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Human Rights Watch: Unarmed Protestors Beaten, Shot: Rights Violations in Venezuela
“Prosecutors, Judges Complicit in Rights Violations”Human Rights Watch
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This 103-page report documents 45 cases from Caracas and three states, involving more than 150 victims, in which security forces have abused the rights of protesters and other people in the vicinity of demonstrations. Security forces have also allowed armed pro-government gangs to attack unarmed civilians, and in some cases openly collaborated with the gangs.

Excerpt from the report summary:

The accounts of the victims in these 45 cases—together with corroborating evidence assembled from a diverse range of sources—provided credible evidence that more than 150 people were victims of serious abuses in related incidents. (For more on how we conducted our research and documented cases, see the “Methodology”section in this report.)

In most of the cases we documented, security forces employed unlawful force, including shooting and severely beating unarmed individuals. Nearly all of the victims were also arrested and, while in detention, subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In at least 10 cases, the abuses clearly constituted torture.

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