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Venezuela - February 2024

UN Human Rights Office is expelled from Venezuela

The Maduro Government has ordered the closure of Venezuela’s office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), expelling its international staff. The government also argues that they had engaged in “colonial and abusive” behavior and had violated the UN Charter. Authorities further announced that they would reassess their cooperation with the OHCHR within 30 days. In the days prior to the decision, the OHCHR Venezuela office had expressed its concern over the detention of prominent activist Rocio San Miguel, whose whereabouts were unknown for several days. Local NGOs and other human rights defenders have condemned the decision to end cooperation with the UN human rights office. 

Sources: La Vanguardia, The New York Times

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Rights -1 Rights  (-1)
Civil Liberties
Freedom of Expression
Rule of Law -1 Rule of Law  (-1)
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Participation -1 Participation  (-1)
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