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UN holds Venezuelan State accountable for deaths at Uribana jail

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) called for a "prompt investigation" so that those accountable for the violent incident can be identified and the relatives of the victims can be compensated

The Venezuelan government confirmed Sunday that the riot at Uribana jail, in Lara state, northwest Venezuela, left 58 people dead and 46 injured (Photo: Franklin Suárez / AFP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday January 29, 2013  09:57 AM
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday lamented the deaths of 58 prisoners in a riot reported Friday in a prison in Venezuela and blamed the authorities for the incident.

"What happened reflects a disturbing pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons," said at a press conference Pillay's spokesman, Rupert Colville, Efe reported.

"It is a result of the alarming lack of services in Venezuelan prisons, the overcrowding of inmates, and the fact that many of the inmates are under pre-trial detention for a long time," he added.

Therefore, the High Commissioner believes that the Venezuelan authorities "are responsible for what happened, because they should look after the welfare of prisoners."

Pillay called for a "prompt investigation," so that those accountable for the violent incident can be identified and the relatives of the victims can be compensated.

The Venezuelan government confirmed Sunday that the riot at Uribana jail, in Lara state, northwest Venezuela, left 58 people dead and 46 injured.
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