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Venezuela Says UN Allegations of Abuses Based on Lies

The government of Venezuela rejected the latest report and said it was biased and deceived the international community.

Venezuela rejected the report of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights that alleges grave human rights violations by the government during opposition-led protests based on a study conducted remotely from other countries.

In a letter published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela responded that the report was based on "lies, unfounded and biased indications, and the diffusion of false assumptions about the Venezuelan reality."

The High Commissioner's report said that "interviews conducted remotely by a U.N. human rights team suggest there has been widespread and systematic use of excessive force and arbitrary detentions against demonstrators in Venezuela."

According to U.N. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the team of human rights officers that conducted this remote monitoring of the situation in the country worked from places like Panama, from June 6 to July 31.

Venezuela also rejected "the use of false news disseminated by unscrupulous media, without verification, and the use of double standards In terms of human rights."

"It is regrettable that the Office of the High Commissioner insists on openly deceiving the international community," lamented the letter.

The team of U.N. analysts alleged in the report that police officers and members of the armed forces were allegedly responsible for 46 deaths from the more than 100 deaths that have been investigated during the protests.

The U.N. report also said that pro-government groups that were allegedly armed reportedly were responsible for 27 deaths. "It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be," said the report, suggesting the opposition protesters haven't been responsible for any death.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan Attorney General's office said it is investigating cases of opposition protesters lynching and burning people alive.

The complete report is scheduled to be published at the end of August.

Article originally appears on teleSUR English.

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