UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that the ongoing Venezuelan crisis 'continues to rapidly deteriorate', speaking at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

"Since the presentation of my report to this Council on July 5, the human rights situation has continued to affect millions of people in Venezuela, with clear destabilizing impact in the region," said Bachelet.

The UN human rights chief also said that extrajudicial killings and torture appear to be continuing in Venezuela. "My office has documented cases of torture and ill-treatment, both physical and psychological, of people arbitrarily deprived of their liberty, particularly members of the military. Conditions of detention do not meet minimum international standards and those detained do not have access to adequate medical attention. I call on the authorities to take action to correct these practices, to allow access to medical care, and investigate human rights violations," said Bachelet.

She stressed that the Special Action Forces (FAES) supported by the government of president Nicolas Maduro were likely to have been behind the killings and torture.

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