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Amnesty International urges inquiry into massacre in a Venezuelan prison

"It is unacceptable that an inspection, which should be part of a daily operation, leads to so much violence. This clearly shows -one more time- the crisis that the penitentiary system faces. It has definitely reached alarming levels," Amnesty International remarked in a statement

EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday January 30, 2013  05:22 PM
Non-governmental organization International Amnesty has requested the Venezuelan authorities to conduct an independent, objective, and impartial inquiry into the deadly events that took place at prison Uribana, northwest Venezuela, on January 25.

According to the Ministry of Penitentiary Affairs, in an attempt to disarm prisoners, the authorities tried to conduct an inspection inside the penitentiary, yet the operation resulted in the death of at least 58 and over 90 injured. 

"It is unacceptable that an inspection, which should be part of a daily operation, leads to so much violence. This clearly shows -one more time- the crisis that the penitentiary system faces. It has definitely reached alarming levels," Amnesty International remarked in a statement.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called upon the Venezuelan authorities to take steps on this serious matter. "Unfortunately, unless serious actions are taken to deal with all the problems associated to the penitentiary system, such events will continue happening," the NGO said.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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