‘SYSTEMATIC AND WIDESPREAD’

U.N. Warns Venezuela on ‘Excessive Force’ Against Protesters

The United Nations Human Rights Office on Tuesday cautioned Venezuela’s government against continuing to use “excessive force” against protesters. Based on interviews conducted remotely by the international body’s personnel, the U.N. concluded President Nicolás Maduro’s security forces are responsible for at least 46 deaths during protests and alleges other human-rights violations, included torture and unnecessary detainment. The U.N. report said security forces’ violence is systematic and widespread and more than 5,000 Venezuelans have been arbitrarily detained since April 1.