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In late July, following Venezuelan election to the National Constituent Assembly, the United States introduced sanctions against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro for "undermining democracy", freezing all his assets subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

"The responsibility for the human rights violations we are recording lies at the highest levels of government", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

President Nicolas Maduro summoned the constitutional assembly in what he contends is an attempt to resolve the nation's political standoff, but opposition leaders insist it is a power grab.

The crackdown on the opposition following last month's widely questioned vote to elect the constitutional assembly is likely to dominate a meeting in Peru on Tuesday where foreign ministers from more than a dozen Latin American governments were gathering to discuss how to force Maduro to back down.

The order to jail him came just days after the installation of Venezuela's new constituent assembly, an all-powerful legislative body run by Maduro's Socialist Party loyalists.

- Security forces allegedly are responsible at least 46 deaths. He said they were not part of Operation David but supported it.

Coinciding with these developments, the UN Human Rights Office [official website] issued a short report [press release] condemning the Venezuelan government's use of force to stifle opposition to the government.

The situation became more acute with the installation of the Constituent Assembly last Friday, given that the body was not recognized by the Venezuelan opposition or by many governments and worldwide organizations.

If there's one thing that the Venezuelan political situation didn't need, it was Diego Armando Maradona barging into the conversation.

Ortega has called the Constituent Assembly's election illegal, and said she would continue to be attorney general.

In a document released after a meeting of seven hours in the peruvian capital, they gave their "full support and (their) solidarity" to the Parliament, controlled by the opposition.

Opposition leaders and a growing list of foreign government have refused to recognize the new assembly.

Inflation in Venezuela's crisis-hit economy quickened to 248.6 percent in the first seven months of the year, the opposition-led congress said on Wednesday in the absence of official data.

The sanctions place locks on any assets the individuals might have in the United States, and bans any US Americans or American companies, including banks with US offices, from doing business with them.

The Constituent Assembly's election follows months of sometimes deadly anti-regime protests and an economic crisis that led many to leave the country in search of easier access to food and medicine.