Venezuelan authorities continue to carry out extrajudicial executions in the country. The UN High Commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet announced.

Along with possible executions, she said, her office documented cases of torture of soldiers and others who had been wrongfully detained. It is noted that they are carried out by Special Forces (FAES), which are also called “death squad.” Bachelet stressed that in July alone, activists counted 57 cases of possible extrajudicial executions in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

The Commissioner also expressed concern about US sanctions against Venezuela. She pointed out that this is one of the reasons for the mass migration of the population from the country and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

In July, a UN report said Venezuelan security forces were arresting, torturing and killing young people. Such actions were called part of the government’s strategy to neutralize the opposition. It was pointed out that in 2018 the number of executions, which are mostly similar to extrajudicial executions, reached 5287 people. Caracas called the report selective and lopsided.