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Venezuela accuses US of distorting human rights issues

People raise a new Venezuelan flag on the dome of the Federal Legislative Palace before a session for the installation of the National Parliament for the legislative period 2023-2024 at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on Jan 5, 2023. (FEDERICO PARRA / AFP)

CARACAS – The United States has distorted the issue of human rights in Venezuela for its own political ends, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil said Friday.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil's statement was in response to allegations made by the US Department of State that Venezuela had violated the human rights of a woman who was imprisoned

"Through distorted narratives, the US aims to make political use of human rights to excuse the acts of political violence that it has encouraged against Venezuela in recent years," Gil said on Twitter.

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"The Venezuelan people overcame the violence and will continue to defeat all attacks," he added.

Gil's statement was in response to allegations made by the US Department of State that Venezuela had violated the human rights of a woman who was imprisoned.

On Jan 16, Gil also responded to a statement by the US Department of State that it would continue to impose sanctions, or unilateral coercive measures, against the South American country.

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The foreign minister described the sanctions as "a crime against humanity that puts (the United States) in violation of international law."