Venezuela security forces punish anti-Maduro protesters: Amnesty

Rights group says dozens were killed during five days of protests in January and 900 people were arrested.

    Fast Facts

    • Latest round of protests began in January after Maduro was sworn in for a second term
    • US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on January 23
    • Maduro accuses US and Guaido of staging coup
    • According to the Venezuelan organisation Foro Penal, 988 people were arbitrarily detained between January 21 and 31.

    Venezuelan security forces executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a campaign to punish people who protested against President Nicolas Maduro, human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

    In a report titled “Hunger, punishment and fear, the formula for repression in Venezuela”, Amnesty said dozens died during five days of protests from January 21 to January 25, almost all from gunshot wounds, and 900 people were arrested.

    Amnesty called on the UN Human Rights Council to take action to address the “total impunity that prevails in Venezuela” by creating an independent investigative body to report on the human rights situation.

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