UN accuses Maduro and Venezuelan intelligence services of crimes against humanity

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The United Nations Organization (UN) denounced the heads of the Venezuelan civil and military intelligence services for having committed Crimes against humanity to repress the opposition, led by the President Nicolas Maduro and his collaborators.

In a report delivered on September 20, the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela He urged the authorities to investigate their responsibilities and judge them accordingly.

He reiterated that the state intelligence servicesboth civilian and military, function as well-coordinated and effective structures to “suppress dissent by committing crimes against humanity.

“This leads to the commission of serious crimes and human rights violations, including acts of torture and sexual violence. These practices must cease immediately and those responsible must be investigated and prosecuted in accordance with the law”, declared Marta Valiñas, president of the Mission.

The Mission claims to have documented 122 cases of victims who were subjected to torture, sexual violence or other cruel treatmentinhuman or degrading acts perpetrated by agents of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN).

The headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) in downtown Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

“The torture was carried out at its headquarters “Boleíta”, in Caracasand in a network of undercover detention centers throughout the country,” the Mission detailed.

SEBIN has also allegedly tortured or ill-treated detainees, including opposition politicians, journalists, protesters and human rights defenders, mainly in the “El Helicoide” detention center in Caracas.

According to your report, the Mission has investigated 51 cases that have occurred since 2014.

Also, he warned that the violations and the crimes of SEBIN and the DGCIM continue to this day, since the same structures, patterns and practices are maintained in “a climate of almost total impunity.”

In another report also released on Tuesday, this same mechanism puts the magnifying glass on the situation in which remote mining areas and highlights the situation in the state of Bolívar, in the south of the country, where state and non-state actors have committed a series of violations and crimes against local populations, in gold mining areas.

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