Government terms "hasty" UN remarks on Venezuelan jail
Foreign Minister Elías Jaua vowed to brief the OHCHR on the events at Uribana jail which claimed 58 lives
"Having assessed the contents of the statement and discussed in the Council of Ministers, we would like to express that we deem the remarks and judgments issued in that statement as hasty," the Foreign Minister said.
However, the senior authority promised that his government had plans to contact the OHCHR in order to provide them with all the information, as appropriate, on the Uribana case.
The riot at the prison located in Lara state took a death toll of 58, in addition to 95 injured.
Jaua said that the Venezuelan government has followed all the UN recommendations as to human rights in jails. "That is a tough battle staged day by day by the national government," he contended.
To the mind of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.