The human rights group Amnesty International says it believes the Nicolás Maduro regime committed crimes against humanity in Venezuela and wants the International Criminal Court to investigate.
“Faced with grave human rights violations, shortages of medicine and food, and generalized violence, there is an urgent hunger for justice,” Amnesty said in a new report, on May 14.
It says there was a “high-level of coordination” between security forces across Venezuela to “neutralize or eliminate” anyone who was even suspected of opposing Maduro, especially in impoverished areas.
“Authorities at the highest level, including Nicolás Maduro, knew about these public and appalling acts and took no measures to either prevent or investigate them,” Amnesty said.
It also urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to set up a panel of inquiry at its upcoming session next month and wants the International Criminal Court in The Hague to consider action against the Maduro regime.
“We call on all states to urgently show their unequivocal support for the victims of these events and ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished […] until there is a clear way forward towards truth, justice, and reparations, Venezuela will continue to be mired in this extremely serious human rights crisis and repression,” Amnesty said.