Venezuela releases judge, journalist, 20 students - United Nations

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She and her teams held almost 160 meetings with state and other stakeholders.

The report said the killings were part of a strategy by the government of President Nicolas Maduro aimed at "neutralizing, repressing and criminalizing political opponents and people critical of the government".

Almost 5,000 people leave Venezuela every day because of "instability and uncertainty" amid a crisis over the presidency and economy, and 3 million Venezuelans have already left the country since 2015, according to UN Refugee Agency reports.

"During my visit to Venezuela, I was able to hear first-hand the accounts of victims of State violence and their demands for justice", said Bachelet.

"The incidence of alleged extrajudicial killings by security forces, particularly the special forces (FAES), in the context of security operations has been shockingly high", Bachelet's office said Thursday.

Interviewees consistently referred to FAES as a "death squad" or "extermination group". NGOs say it is responsible for hundreds of killings.

Among more than 20 recommendations on issues such as ensuring media freedom and providing proper health care, she called for disarming and disbanding pro-government armed groups known as collectivos.

Venezuela's crisis has seen waves of protests that have often turned deadly in recent years. It also fails to identify the Maduro regime's removal from power and a consequent transition to democracy as a solution to the country's woes.

The UN report came after former Venezuela spy chief Manuel Cristopher Figuera told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Maduro's administration was a "criminal enterprise".

If the situation in the South American country does not improve, the "unprecedented" outflow of Venezuelan migrants and refugees will continue, and "the living conditions of those who remain will worsen", said Thursday's report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights office. "The government's reaction shows it hits the right points", said Tamara Taraciuk Broner, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch.

Many findings of the report highlighted well-worn themes during Venezuela's continued economic and political crisis: the impact of global sanctions against Mr.

Ms Bachelet said in a statement that she had the Government's commitment to work with the United Nations to resolve some of the thorniest issues, including the use of torture and access to justice, and to allow full access to detention facilities.

"All Venezuelans deserve a better life, free from fear and with access to adequate food, water, healthcare, housing and all other basic human needs", she said.

On Thursday, there was a report which has been issued by United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet accused the Venezuela government of using a strategy of instilling fear in its population to retain power and removing opponents with a "shocking" number of alleged extrajudicial killings.

And Bachelet called on the government to "establish an impartial and independent national mechanism, with the support of the global community, to investigate extrajudicial executions during security operations, ensure accountability of perpetrators and redress for victims".

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