Some Venezuela opposition parties to vie in vote

Thursday, 10 Aug, 2017

Seventeen American countries have condemned the "democratic rupture of Venezuela's democratic order" and said that they will not recognize measures that the recently-elected Constitutional Assembly adopts in this country, because of "its illegitimate nature", dpa has reported.

Similarly, ALBA confirmed its support for a dialogue between the Government and Venezuelan opposition groups to resolve differences within the country.

Delcy Rodriguez, the head of the ruling socialist party and leader of the body, said the unanimously approved decree prohibits lawmakers in congress from taking any action that would interfere with laws passed by the newly installed Constituent Assembly. "When Maduro orders, I am dressed as a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against the imperialism and those who want to take our flags", he wrote on Facebook.

He said Guterres is also supporting global and regional efforts seeking to revive talks.

Peru called the government of Venezuela a "dictatorship" on Tuesday after hosting the first meeting of a new, 17-member regional bloc that aims to seek a peaceful end to the country's political crisis.

The UN announcement came as Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of opposition mayor Ramon Muchacho of the Caracas district of Chacao, which has been the site of intense anti-government protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela has been beset by a wave of anti-government protests since April 1 that have left at least 121 people dead.

Teen detained after jumping from plane at San Francisco International Airport
In April in the same year, a United Airlines flight attendant also pulled off a similar incident by jumping off an aircraft. An airport construction crew working nearby confronted the boy and held him until police arrived and arrested him.

The UN rights office based in Switzerland lamented what it called "widespread and systematic use of excessive force and arbitrary detentions against demonstrators in Venezuela".

Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says preliminary findings suggest there are "no signs" that the situation was improving.

Of the 124 people who were killed in violence that accompanied demonstrations, security forces were responsible for 46 deaths and pro-government armed groups known as "colectivos" were responsible for 27 deaths, the United Nations said in a statement.

The rights office also decried "credible reports of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by security forces of such detainees, amounting in several cases to torture", saying tactics included "electric shocks, beatings., suffocation with gas, and threats of killings, and in some cases threats of sexual violence".

Foreign ministers from 14 countries are meeting in Peru to discuss the growing political crisis. Still, Venezuela is facing mounting pressure and threats of deepening sanctions from trade partners.

The constituents also approved Tuesday during their second session a decree of coexistence with the state's public powers, reiterating that they will not replace the National Assembly that is now led by the opposition.