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Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the pardon of 110 in Venezuela

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Geneva, 1 September 2020

"I welcome the decision of the President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro to pardon 110 people, most of them Venezuelan politicians who were imprisoned, in exile or under precautionary measures. The pardon closes criminal proceedings against them and grants them unconditional freedom. The measure will benefit many legislators who had been stripped of their parliamentary immunity, as well as political advisors and other politicians.

This decision is a positive step in efforts to open up the democratic space and improve the human rights situation in the country. My Office will continue to support processes by which people are being released and institutional strengthening in the field of human rights.

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