U.N. watchdog urges Venezuela to investigate torture allegations

November 28, 2014 5:09 PM

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U.N. watchdog urges Venezuela to investigate torture allegations

CARACAS (Reuters) - The United Nations' torture watchdog on Friday expressed "alarm" at reports of torture and abuse by Venezuelan authorities during months of opposition protests this year and urged the country to fully investigate the incidents.

The Committee Against Torture said complaints included reports of beatings, burnings and electric shocks in efforts to obtain confessions. It added that prosecutors have filed charges in only five of 185 investigations of such incidents.

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