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Accountability key to addressing rights crisis in Venezuela HRW statement on High Commissioner’s oral update

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Thank you, Mr. President, We thank the High Commissioner for her oral update, which is both timely and sobering, and confirms that the human rights situation in Venezuela remains dire and that grave violations are ongoing. It is unfortunate that the delegation of Venezuela began its response today by rejecting a Human Rights Council resolution, and dismissing all critique of the human rights situation in the country as “politically-motivated,” reflective of “double standards,” and based on “lies and false statements.” For the situation in any country to improve, the first step is for the state…

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