Venezuela Leaves Human Rights Group

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Venezuela decided to withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights a year ago.

According to Fox News Latino, the government's decision to pull out from the Organization of American States went into effect on Tuesday and has left many United Nations' leaders concerned.

“Regrettably, this withdrawal becomes effective today. We want to repeat our concern that this decision may have a very negative impact on human rights in the country and beyond,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told Fox News Latino.

Fox News Latino reports that Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, believes OAS is just a tool put in place to "harrass progressive governments."

"The so-called human rights system, the inter-American court and the commission, are by-products of an instrument of persecution against progressive governments that began with President Chavez's arrival," Maduro said during a press conference on Monday.

Although Venezuela has withdrawn, the country still remains bound by the orders of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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