Venezuelan president, opposition leader urged to talk: UN

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido are urged by United Nations’ top human rights official to negotiate and end a humanitarian crisis in the country.

Venezuelan president, opposition leader urged to talk: UN

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited Venezuela and had meetings with both the leaders separately.

The bankrupt Latin American country is locked in a prolonged struggle over power control by the two leaders.

Meanwhile, Bachelet also urged the government to release jailed dissidents saying Venezuela is facing a serious humanitarian situation.

She said, “I call on the authorities to release all those who are detained or deprived of their liberty for exercising their civil rights in a peaceful manner.”

Most of the detainees are accused of conspiracy to oust the government. In 2017 anti-Maduro protest several people were killed too.

The former Chilean president met relatives of the people who died in the protest and also that of the detainees.

According to rights groups more than 700 people are in jail just for political reasons.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited Venezuela and had meetings with both the leaders separately.

Maduro said would respect recommendations made by the UN rights chief. His words were, “I told her that she can count on me, as president, to take her suggestions, her recommendations and her proposals seriously.”

Bachelet has deployed delegates in the country to monitor human rights situation and to provide assistance and technical advice.

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