Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz said that a concerning number of human rights abuses had been reported in connection to the operation and suggested that the government’s new militarized policing model had not succeeded in reducing violent crime.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a new phase in the government’s controversial “Liberate the People” security operation this Tuesday, pledging to rid the country of gang related violent crime.
In his address to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted Venezuela’s achievements in human rights. The country was re-elected to the international body last month, which the president welcomed as a “universal vote of confidence”.
Venezuela was re-elected to a second consecutive term on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with the backing of 131 countries on Wednesday. The decision was attacked by US-ally Israel, which has been frequently criticized by the UN body over its colonization of Palestinian lands.