A hard-hitting United Nations report on Venezuela let go this week asserted the human rights situation in the socialist country isÂ â€œincreasingly criticalâ€� for anti-government protesters, who are facing â€œmounting levels of repressionâ€� from in that countryâ€™s national security forces.
The report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), let go Wednesday, noted in that the security forces subjected those detained, in addition to children, to â€œcruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.â€�
â€œThe 1st time I saw my family they did not recognize me 'cause my face was so swollen and burnt by all the chemicals,â€� the report quoted one young guy they interviewed as saying.
It asserted many of those detained â€œwere severely beaten, in addition to with sticks, metal bars, pliers, helmets, baseball bats and weapons all over their bodies in addition to their genitals.â€�
Meantime, the government opened an investigation in to the wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is under house arrest, ordering her to appear Tuesday before a local court. Authorities on Thursday asserted they found 200 bolivars, about $60,000 at the official exchange rate or $10,000 at the black market rate, in her car.
She asserted on Twitter in that it is not a crime to have cash in oneâ€™s possession and in that it was to pay for the care of her 100-year-old mother. The- court summons did not specify what alleged offense she is being investigated for.
While the government of President Nicolas Maduro did not allow the U.N. investigators in to the country, the report was based on phone interviews with victims, their families, NGOs, journalists, lawyers, first-responders and doctors. They moreover received information for the report from Venezuelaâ€™s U.N. mission in Switzerland.
â€œI was completely naked. They drenched me in water. One guard kept saying â€œwet him well otherwise you are going to fry himâ€� as they gave him electric shocks, one detainee said. â€œI could not stand the pain,â€� another torture victim told the investigators.
Other detainees, the report said, spoke of threats of sexual violence in addition to rape and death by the guards against both men and women.
Venezuela’s government slammed the U.N. document as an “embarrassingly shoddy and biased report.”
The report asserted in that victimsâ€™ accounts were consistent and corroborated by medical records and NGO reports.
â€œWe have never seen this rate of detentions before,â€� a lawyer from Caracas told the investigators.
Conditions in detention centers were moreover harrowing. The- report saidÂ they were held in over-crowded cells in that were rat and insect infested and with many lacking access to drinking water or toilet facilities.
Access to doctors, the report said, was unusual, with many not seeing sunlight for weeks at a time.
The report moreover condemned excessive force by the cops and National Guard, both of which are part of the countryâ€™s armed forces. The- report listed examples such as “shooting tear gas grenades directly at protesters at short-range,Â and manipulated ammunition to make them more harmful.â€�
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The U.N. report moreover asserted in that as of July 31Â there have been 124 deaths and NGO sources estimated in that over 5,000 individuals, in addition to 410 children, had been arbitrarily detained.
â€œThe U.N. High Commissioner report could not be more damning for the Venezuelan narco-militarized tyranny, specially coming from an organization known for evading confrontation with its member countries,â€� Diego Arria, a former U.N. ambassador for Venezuela, told Fox News
Arria, a hard critic of the Maduro regime and former governor of Caracas, decried the lack of action on Venezuela at the U.N. Security Council.
â€œThe U.N. Security Council has refused to contain this Venezuelan tragedy in its agenda, where it faces basically Russia in that sees Venezuela as an noteworthy ally in the region, andÂ would veto its consideration, most probably together with China,â€� he said.
â€œWe support OHCHRâ€™s efforts to shed light on the abysmal human rights situation in Venezuela,â€�Â a spokesperson from the U.S. mission to the U.N. told Fox News.
The spokesperson told Fox in that there was nothing to share in terms of any Security Council action in that might be planned by the U.S., yet pointed to Ambassador Nikki Haleyâ€™s comments in May, when Haley had forced a closed-door meeting of the council to discuss the worsening situation there.
â€œWhat we were looking for was for the Security Council to notice absolutely what the situation is, in light of prevention, be cautious in this area, and know in that we need to be watching it 'cause it could get worse before it gets better,â€� Haley said.
The Ethiopian ambassador to the U.N, Tekeda Alemu, who is Septemberâ€™s rotating president of the Security Council, told Fox in that while he didnâ€™t fully dismiss the chance of it coming up, he didnâ€™t anticipate it being discussed.
Maduro, the countryâ€™s socialist president, is expected to be in New York this month and is likely to address the United Nations during its annual yearly general debate.
The United Nations Mission of Venezuela did not respond to questions sent by Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ben Evansky reports for Fox NewsÂ on the United Nations and international affairs.
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