CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MARCH 10: A truck of FAES (Fuerzas de Acciones Especiales - Special Action Forces) which respond to Nicolás Maduro transports opposition deputies of National Assembly Zandra Castillo, Renso Pietro and Angel Torres after searching The Hotel at El Rosal Area on March 10, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. These deputies had marched earlier today with Juan Guaido in his attempt to enter to the National Assembly. This demonstration is the first massive event called by Juan Guaidó after his international tour which included a meeting with Donald Trump in Washington. (Photo by Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images)

Venezuela: Hard-hitting UN report backs claims of crimes against humanity and identifies possible perpetrators

The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, created by the UN Human Rights Council in September 2019, presented its conclusions in its first report to the Council today during its 45th session. Responding to the findings, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: 

“Amnesty International condemned the probable commission of crimes against humanity in Venezuela in May 2019. In a milestone for the victims of human rights violations, the much anticipated and hard-hitting report of the Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela endorses this serious denouncement and supports the thousands of victims in their pursuit of justice that has been denied to them in their country. We share the UN’s call to the international justice system, including the International Criminal Court, to guarantee the rights of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition.”

“The Fact-Finding Mission’s report echoes and expands upon the denunciations that Venezuelan and international human rights organizations have made in recent years. The authorities under the command of Nicolás Maduro continue to commit grave human rights violations and crimes under international law, such as extrajudicial executions, torture, arbitrary detentions and excessive use of force. The mandate of this international scrutiny mechanism must undoubtedly be renewed and strengthened. To fail to do so would be to turn our backs on the victims, on truth and on justice.”

In August, 84 national and international human rights organizations called on states at the UN Human Rights Council to renew and strengthen the important mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela during its 45th session. States should ensure that the Fact-Finding Mission has sufficient funding and is empowered to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence for future prosecutions or other accountability purposes, including international justice mechanisms, in order to avoid impunity for crimes under international law and gross human rights violations committed in Venezuela.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lucy Scholey, Media Relations, Amnesty International Canada (English branch), 613-853-2142,

Read more:

Dying before a judge: the arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and death of Rafael Acosta Aréval (Research, 4 September 2020)

Venezuela: Human rights organizations call on UN Human Rights Council to extend and strengthen Fact-Finding Mission (News, 17 August 2020)

Hunger for justice: Crimes against humanity in Venezuela (Research, 14 May 2019)