GENEVA / VENEZUELA UPDATE

29-Jan-2019 00:02:42
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said almost 700 people were detained in Venezuela last Wednesday, making it the highest number of detentions recorded in a single day in the last 20 years. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / VENEZUELA UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 JANUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

29 JANUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Just on 23rd of January, that if you recall was the biggest day last Wednesday, there were at least we now believe, 696 people detained on that day alone throughout the country as a whole. Lawyers are still receiving information which they are verifying. This is the most, the highest number of detentions recorded in a single day since at least twenty years.”
4. Med shot, OCHA and UNHCR spokespersons
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“So in total, I think we have some, just over 40 people believed to have been killed in different manners. So far this includes at least 26 people reported to have died after allegedly been shot by security forces or members of pro-government armed groups during the demonstrations between the 22nd and 25th of January. At least five additional people also allegedly killed by security forces during illegal house raids in poor neighbours. These raids usually take place a few hours after the protests take place in those same neighbourhoods. And at least 11 people are reported to have been killed by unidentified individuals during lootings that have taken place in or around the protests. And reportedly one member of the Bolivarian national guard was also killed by an unidentified armed individual during the protests in the state of Monagas.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We believe now at least 850 people were detained protesting between 21st January and 26th of January. That includes 77 children some as young as 12 years old.”
8. Close up, journalist’s phone
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Alessandra Vellucci, Director, United Nations Information Service in Geneva:
“A number of colleagues including from UNICEF, from PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), they are scaling up assistance obviously subject to available resources, and what we want to say here is really that any humanitarian action as a matter of principle should be independent of politics, economic or military or any other objective, so this is what we are doing. The Secretary-General said we continue offering assistance on the humanitarian sides because our focus remains on the people of Venezuela.”
10. Various shots, journalists
STORYLINE
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said almost 700 people were detained in Venezuela last Wednesday, making it the highest number of detentions recorded in a single day in the last 20 years.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (29 Jan), OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said at least, 696 people were detained in Venezuela on the 23rd of January adding that “lawyers are still receiving information which they are verifying.”

On 23rd January, Juan Guaidó, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, declared himself the interim president of Venezuela following the inauguration of the incumbent Nicolas Maduro earlier in the month. The violence and unrest in the country follows from clashes between the supporters of the two leaders.

Between 21st and 26th January 2019, over 40 people have allegedly been killed, and at least 850 people have been said to have been detained including 77 children as young as 12 years old.

Colville said OHCHR believed that of these killings include “at least 26 people reported to have died after allegedly been shot by security forces or members of pro-government armed groups during the demonstrations between the 22nd and 25th of January. At least 5 additional people also allegedly killed by security forces during illegal house raids in poor neighbours”.

Colville added, “These raids usually take place a few hours after the protests take place in those same neighbourhoods. And at least 11 people are reported to have been killed by unidentified individuals during lootings that have taken place in or around the protests. And reportedly one member of the Bolivarian national guard was also killed by an unidentified armed individual during the protests in the state of Monagas.”

Colville told journalists that the numbers detained protestors have now risen to 850 including “77 children some as young as 12 years old.”

Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, highlighted the humanitarian focus of the work of the United Nations in this volatile situation by continuing to offer assistance according to available resources, independent of political objectives.

She said, “A number of colleagues including from UNICEF, from PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), they are scaling up assistance obviously subject to available resources, and what we want to say here is really that any humanitarian action as a matter of principle should be independent of politics, economic or military or any other objective, so this is what we are doing. The Secretary-General said we continue offering assistance on the humanitarian sides because our focus remains on the people of Venezuela.”

The current political crisis is the latest development in a displacement crisis which has been intensifying since 2014 and has so far led to more than 3 million Venezuelans fleeing their country.
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