United Nations decries excessive force in Venezuela's crackdown on protests

At least 40 worldwide leaders have called on Maduro not to launch the new Assembly, threating not to recognize it.

The ANC also approved an agreement rejecting the unilateral measures imposed by the US government against Venezuela and reflected its support for President Nicolas Maduro against foreign threats.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the group of nations will only recognize decisions approved by Venezuela's National Assembly, including those related to loans, refinancing and public works.

The new constitutional assembly has signalled it will act swiftly in following Maduro's commands, voting to replace chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz with a government loyalist and to create a "truth commission" that will wield unusual power to prosecute and levy sentences, The Independent reported.

Also Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the mayor of the district of Chacao, in Caracas, Ramon Muchacho, for not following an order to remove barricades during recent protests. "The only thing he wants today is for us to abandon the street".

Meanwhile, Venezuelan authorities say a manhunt is underway after an anti-government paramilitary attack at a military barracks in the northwestern city of Valencia early Sunday.

Maduro on Tuesday called for a "dialogue of respect" with neighbouring countries which have been critical of Maduro after the implementation of a government-backed Constituent Assembly.

Commission members are looking into the latest wave of violent anti-government protests since April, as well as mass rallies during the first months of 2014 protesting the country's high levels of urban violence, inflation, and chronic shortages of basic goods attributed to economic policies.

The organization's investigators were unable to determine who was responsible for the other deaths.

The team said violations included "house raids, torture and ill-treatment of those detained in connection with the protests". The UN report said it does not have details for all the deaths.

The regional group, which plans to meet again, also condemned Venezuela's "systematic violation of human rights and fundamental liberties, violence, repression and political persecution, the existence of political prisoners and the lack of free elections".

Both the Constituent Assembly and the National Assembly met Tuesday in separate chambers of the legislative palace in the capital, Caracas.

Despite growing worldwide criticism, Maduro has remained firm in pressing the constitutional assembly forward in executing his priorities.

Peru's president has been vocal in rejecting the new Venezuelan assembly, but the region has had trouble agreeing on collective actions.

  • Rogelio Becker