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UN agency: Venezuela prison violence 'alarming'

Venezuela's government is facing mounting criticism from activists and the UN human rights office for its handling of the country's overcrowded and violent prisons following a clash between inmates and troops that left at least 58 dead.

 

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern on Tuesday about "an alarming pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons, which is a direct consequence of poor conditions." (AP)