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    April 18, 2013

    Violent incidents around Venezuela following last Sunday’s presidential elections are only likely to increase unless the authorities carry out prompt, effective investigations and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said.

    According to Venezuela’s Attorney General, at least seven people have died, 61 have been injured and 135 detained after the published election results indicated a narrow victory for standing Vice-President Nicolás Maduro.

    Amnesty International has also received reports of attacks on media workers, political and social activists, human rights defenders and people involved in political events or protests, both in the lead-up to and after the elections.

    “The violent incidents Venezuela has seen in the last two weeks are very worrying – the authorities have a duty to guarantee everyone the right to political participation and peaceful protest, as well as to ensure the security forces comply with international standards to maintain public order and contain potential violent acts,” said Guadalupe Marengo, Americas Program Director at Amnesty International.

    April 04, 2013

    The winner of Venezuela’s presidential elections on April 14 must implement policies that ensure the full protection of human rights in the country, Amnesty International said today.

    "Even though there has been some important human rights progress in Venezuela - particularly in terms of economic and social rights for the most vulnerable sectors - there are significant challenges ahead for the new president if the country is to step up to its full responsibilities," said Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty International’s Americas Program Director.

    In a letter sent to all the presidential candidates, Amnesty International highlighted the urgency for Venezuela to rescind its withdrawal from the American Convention on Human Rights and, consequently, the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

    "Failure to respect the American Convention on Human Rights is an affront to Venezuela’s victims of human rights who are denied the possibility of turning to this important body of international legal protection," said Marengo. “The new Venezuelan President must reverse this decision as soon as possible.”

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