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Press briefing notes on Venezuela

28 de July, 2017

Photo: UN WebTVSpokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell
Location: Geneva
Date:  28 July 2017 

Subject: Venezuela

We are deeply concerned at the risk of further violence in Venezuela, where elections for the Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro are due to be held on Sunday.

The wishes of the Venezuelan people to participate or not in this election need to be respected. No one should be obliged to vote, while those willing to take part should be able to do so freely.

We urge the authorities to manage any protests against the Constituent Assembly in line with international human rights norms and standards, and we are thereforeconcerned that demonstrations the authorities regard as disturbing the elections  have been banned from today until 1 August. We also call on those opposing the election and the Assembly to do so peacefully.

We hope that the poll scheduled for Sunday, if it goes ahead, will proceed peacefully and in full respect of human rights. To that end, we renew our appeal to the authorities to guarantee people’s rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and call on all in Venezuela to use only peaceful means to make themselves heard.

ENDS

For more information and media requests, please contact Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.org) or Ravina Shamdasani (+41 22 917 9169 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org) or Liz Throssell (+41 22 917 9466 / ethrossell@ohchr.org)

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