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The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, rejected a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN), Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, in which he asked the Venezuelan government to 'open the doors' so that the organization could verify the difficult situation that crosses the country.

During an appearance before the media in the Venezuelan capital, Maduro accused Al Hussein of being a 'militant of the Venezuelan fascist right (...) He is a biased person who lost any balance on Venezuela and on other issues of the world' .

According to the Venezuelan leader, the UN official is a "piece" of the US State Department which, he said, is "entrenched as a tumor in the Human Rights System," reports the Xinhua news agency.

"We have already told him and we will continue saying it: he has no authority to talk about Venezuela," said Maduro, who also told Al Hussein that he had "supported the coup leaders" and a "military intervention against Venezuela."

On the other hand, Amnesty International (AI) warned that the lives of thousands of people in Venezuela are at risk in the face of serious violations of the right to health and difficulties in accessing food and other basic services.

AI used data from Venezuelan human rights organizations that affirm that Venezuela has a deficit of 80% to 90% in medicines, and that half of the hospitals are not in operation.

The medical staff of the public centers, which provide 90% of health services, has been reduced by 50%, according to reports, according to the Efe news agency.

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