Between 2015 and 2017, more than 8,200 journalists, political opponents, protestors, and innocent civilians were killed by Venezuelan government forces.
Thousands more were injured or thrown in jail.
Bravely investigating these crimes is a group of more than 100 women whose sons and husbands were executed without cause. The group was founded by Aracelis Sanchez, whose 20-year-old son was shot and killed by police troops at their home in 2013.
“We have to denounced [the killings], we have to document it,” says Sanchez. “We know we are not in a time of justice, but it has to be done because if we stay quiet, we allow the same thing that happened to us, to happen to others.”
In response to complaints about extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations, the UN this year sent a five-person team to investigate. According to the investigation, the Venezuelan government is now using its Special Action Force (FAES) to murder opposition supporters.