ICC asked to investigate alleged Venezuela abuse
In this May 1, 2013 photo, members of the opposition hold Venezuelan flags during a May Day march in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelans have long been obsessed by politics, especially during the Chavez years, as the populist leader denounced his opponents as "the squalid ones" and the opposition tried vainly to oust him through a coup and a referendum. Many, however, say the tensions have reached a pitch not seen here since that 2002 coup, which briefly pushed Chavez from office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A Venezuelan civil rights group has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged physical and psychological abuse of detained young protesters at military bases following last month's disputed presidential election.
Nearly 200 people, most aged between 15 and 22, were arrested during the street protests and some were subjected to "inhuman and degrading treatment, and even forms of torture," says the complaint filed by Foro Penal Venezolano at the Hague-based court on Wednesday.
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