Venezuela's government is responsible for crimes against humanity, UN ...

Venezuela's government is responsible for crimes against humanity including murders and torture, UN investigators claim Experts issued a report which says President Maduro and his ministers were aware of crimes committed by security forces and intelligence agencies   It further alleged high-level authorities had power over the forces and agencies, making top officials responsible   Maduro's government has come under political pressure from the international community which consider Juan Guaido the country's legitimate leader

By Ryan Fahey For Mailonline

Published: 14:54 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 14:55 BST, 16 September 2020

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The government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has committed crimes against humanity including torture and murder, independent experts commissioned by the UN have claimed.

The experts issued a report that says the people responsible for crimes that include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture must be held to account, in part to ensure they do not happen again. 

The findings, based on nearly 3,000 cases that were investigated or examined, concluded that Mr Maduro and his defence and interior ministers were aware of crimes committed by security forces and intelligence agencies.

It further alleged that high-level authorities had both power and oversight over the forces and agencies, making the top officials responsible.

This handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a speech at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on April 23, 2019

This handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows Venezuela's President

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