In July 2019, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report urging the Government of Venezuela to take immediate, concrete measures to halt and remedy the grave violations of economic, social, civil, political and cultural rights documented in the country. The report states that during the last decade, particularly after 2016, the Government and its institutions have implemented a strategy “aimed at neutralizing, repressing and criminalizing political opponents and people critical of the Government.” An example of this strategy is evident in the case of Fernando Albán. Mr. Albán was a Councilman of the dissident opposition party, Primero Justicia, who was arrested, tortured, and died in custody under suspicious circumstances 72-hours after his arrest. It is widely believed that his arbitrary detention and execution upon arrival in Caracas was the direct result of his participation in advocacy meetings that were critical of the government and its respect for human rights, which took place in New York in the framework of the General Assembly.
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