Venezuela: Killing of opposition politician sparks fears of spiralling violence
Venezuela must urgently investigate the killing of an opposition politician or risk further political violence in the country ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections, said Amnesty International.
“The killing of Luis Manuel Díaz provides a terrifying view of the state of human rights in Venezuela. Unless authorities are decisive in investigating this tragedy and bringing those responsible to justice, the door will be wide open to more violence,” said Marcos Gómez, Director at Amnesty International Venezuela.
Luis Manuel Díaz, leader of the Democratic Action party in Guarico in Central Venezuela was shot dead during a public meeting.
Opposition candidates and human rights activists have reported other attacks and intimidation during the electoral campaign.
Parliamentary elections will be held on 6 December.
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News Release 16 October 2015 Venezuela must halt escalating campaign against human rights defenders