Rights chief Zeid to call for action on Venezuela

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UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Hussein, who said that policies pursued by Venezuela’s government had been at the cost of citizens’ rights and freedoms. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Democracy in Venezuela is "barely alive” and UN Member States should help prevent the situation from worsening, the UN's rights chief said on Wednesday.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made his comments in Geneva, where he said he would be asking the Human Rights Council to consider action, after his office released a report indicating state involvement in serious violations.

After highlighting threats to Press freedom in Venezuela, the High Commissioner added that freedom of expression was also being squeezed in the US, and this had "consequences".

Daniel Johnson has more.

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