Venezuela urged to release opposition leaders and their followers

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Venezuelan authorities have been urged to "immediately release" two opposition leaders and their followers who were arrested in February.

They were held along with 69 other people during mass public protests that took place throughout the country.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, made the appeal in Geneva on Monday.

UN Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, has more.

"He expressed serious concern today at the continued detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in the context of public protests which started in February. The High Commissioner met Leopoldo López’s wife in Geneva on Friday, and discussed the situation of all detainees and their families.  Last month, the Working Group on arbitrary detention said that the detention of Leopoldo López, as well as the detention of former mayor of San Cristobal Daniel Ceballos, was arbitrary.  (32″)

According to the UN human rights office, over 3,300 people, including minors, have been detained for short periods between February and June.

There have also been allegations of ill-treatment and torture.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’12″

 

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