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Venezuela suspends activities of the UN human rights office and expels officials – Voice of America

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Venezuela’s government has announced the suspension of the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights office in the country, as well as the expulsion of its officials.

President Nicolás Maduro’s government has accused the UN mission of interfering in the country’s internal affairs. In a statement, the government said that the decision to expel the UN human rights office was due to its “interventionist and openly biased” approach.

The move comes after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, released a report last month criticizing the Maduro government for a range of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, and torture.

The decision to expel the UN human rights office has been met with condemnation from the international community. The United States and several European countries have called for the reversal of the decision, with the US State Department describing it as a “shameful step.”

The UN mission in Venezuela has been working in the country to document human rights abuses and provide assistance to victims. The expulsion of its officials has raised concerns about the government’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

The government’s action has also sparked widespread outrage among Venezuelan opposition leaders and human rights advocates. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 countries, condemned the decision, calling it a “clear sign of the dictatorship’s fear of the truth.”

The expulsion of the UN human rights office is likely to further isolate Maduro’s government and could lead to increased international pressure on the regime. The move has also underscored the deepening humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela, which has been exacerbated by economic collapse, hyperinflation, and widespread shortages of food and medicine.

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