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Opposition supporters take part in a rally to demand a referendum to remove Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept.16, 2016. Twenty-nine nations called on Venezuela to launch a national dialogue to preserve peace and security.

Geneva, October 1, 2016: Paraguay led nearly 30 countries Thursday in calling on Venezuela to engage in a national dialogue with the opposition to preserve peace and security, and to release political prisoners.
Oscar Cabello Sarubbi, Paraguay’s vice minister of foreign affairs, read the statement on behalf of 29 countries, including Britain and the United States, at the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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It drew a rebuke by Venezuela and its allies, including Cuba and Syria, at the Geneva forum.
The joint statement urged all parties in Venezuela to hold a timely and effective dialogue “to preserve peace and safety, to ensure the full respect of human rights, due process, the separation of powers and the consolidation of a representative democracy.”

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The government of President Nicolas Maduro is struggling under an unraveling socialist economic system that suffers from triple-digit inflation, extensive shortages of staple products, and food riots. He says the OPEC-member country is a victim of an economic war backed by the United States and the Venezuelan political elite.

Venezuela’s opposition has called for rallies nationwide on October 12 to push for a recall of Maduro this year, as it seeks to oust his Socialist Party in an early presidential election.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, in an opening speech to the forum September 13, highlighted “allegations of repression of opposition voices, arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force against peaceful protests” in Venezuela, as well as “increasingly widespread hunger and sharply deteriorating health care.”

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The Paraguay-led statement said it shared Zeid’s concerns about repression and called for “the early release of persons arrested for political reasons” including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, whose wife Lilian Tintori brought his case to Zeid two years ago.(VOA)


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The aim of the book is to teach children that families can exist in different forms, and show them how to accept the diversity in family backgrounds.

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Delhi-based author Pritisha Borthakur is set to release her new book, 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories'. The 1,404-word children's book was put together to address a new kind of societal debacle in the family system. The author says the aim is to teach children that families can exist in different forms, and show them how to accept the diversity in family backgrounds.

The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.

Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.

Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background

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