New report says independence of judiciary has eroded, allowing abuses, including torture, to persist.

Judges and prosecutors in Venezuela have played a significant role in serious rights violations against government opponents, UN investigators have said.

In a new report released on Thursday, the UN team tasked with probing the rights situation in Venezuela slammed a dire lack of judicial independence in the country while detailing how deficiencies in the justice system have allowed certain violations, including the use of torture, to continue with impunity.

“Amid Venezuela’s profound human rights crisis, the independence of the judiciary has become deeply eroded, jeopardising its role in imparting justice and safeguarding individual rights,” Marta Valinas, who chairs the UN fact-finding mission, said.

The team was established by the UN Human

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