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Gideon Long in Bogotá

UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented a damning report on atrocities carried out by the Venezuelan government, as thousands marched through Caracas on Independence Day demanding an end to President Nicolás Maduro’s rule.

Ms Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday that the Maduro regime was guilty of “arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, sexual violence, killings and enforced disappearance” as well as a cover-up of the crimes.

“As our report makes clear, essential institutions and the rule of law in Venezuela have been profoundly eroded,” she said.