U.N. rights chief seeks inquiry on Venezuela

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The United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday that crimes against humanity may have been committed in Venezuela and voiced alarm at “the erosion of democratic institutions” in the Andean nation.

The context for Venezuela’s presidential poll, planned for May 20 – which the opposition is boycotting in defiance of incumbent President Nicolas Maduro – “does not in any way fulfill minimal conditions for free and credible elections” – Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“Once again, I encourage the Council to consider mandating a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations in Venezuela,” Zeid told the Geneva forum, where Venezuela is among the 47 member states.

 

Zainab Sa’id