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Venezuela’s state security agencies repress oppositions through arbitrary arrests, torture -UN

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Venezuela’s ministry of communication did not immediately respond to requests for comment

By Reuters — Vivian Sequera Sep 20, 2022 The report, produced by the U.N. independent international fact-finding mission on Venezuela, found that both Venezuela’s general office of military counterintelligence (DGCIM) and the Bolivarian national intelligence service (SEBIN), used sexual- and gender-based violence to torture and humiliate detainees since at least 2014, and continue to do so.

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Venezuela’s ministry of communication did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“Real or perceived government opponents and their relatives were subjected to unlawful detention, followed by acts of torture,” the report said.

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Detainees were subject to being beaten with blunt and sharp objects, electric shocks, and force-feeding of feces and vomit, it added.

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Various sources, including former high-ranking employees of the DGCIM and the armed forces, with direct knowledge of how such decisions were made, reported that Maduro relayed the orders to the DGCIM’s director, General Iván Hernández Dala, via telephone.

Detainees included military officers deemed risky due to the respect they commanded and others suspected of taking part in attempted coups, as well as opposition politicians, social activists, and advocacy-group employees.

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