“The recent liberation of a number of jailed political opponents in Venezuela is a welcome step. Further steps towards a genuine political dialogue in the country are to be encouraged” – says the statement of the European external actions service (EEAS).
“Meaningful and earnest dialogue is urgently needed to find lasting political solutions to the grave problems which the Venezuelan people are facing”.
According to Amnesty International the situation in Venezuela remains grim, human rights defenders and journalists are victims of attacks and intimidation. Political opponents of the government are confronted with unfair trials and imprisonment. The excessive use of force by the police is common practice, reportedly resulting in lethal outcomes, and some cases there was a suspicion of ‘unlawful killings’.
(Source: EEAS, Amnesty International)