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News Service Nr. 74
1 May 2002

Embargoed for 1 May 2002 00:00 GMT

Venezuela: Amnesty International visits after April disturbances

In the wake of the coup attempt and the disturbances which shook Venezuela between 11 and 14 April, an Amnesty International delegation is set to visit the country from 30 April to 3 May.

The delegation, comprising Rupert Knox, Researcher on Venezuela, Susan Lee, Director of the Americas Program, and Sergio Zamorano, Development Coordinator for the Americas Program, will hold meetings with government representatives and non-governmental human rights organizations.

"We urge the Venezuelan government to investigate the reports of human rights violations committed during the recent disturbances, and to identify and to bring those responsible to justice, in accordance with international standards for fair trial, and within the framework of the Venezuelan Constitution", the delegates said.

"We also hope to begin a constructive dialogue with the Venezuelan authorities about the promotion and protection of human rights in the country".

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