Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has had some unwelcome media coverage following the arrest of two of his wife’s nephews for alleged cocaine smuggling.
Maduro is to speak to the main U.N. human rights body, weeks before the country’s December 6 elections. Critics have voiced concerns that he is trying to exploit the panel, sweeping his human rights record under the rug.
Human rights groups say dozens of political prisoners have been detained in Venezuela.
Two nephews of first lady Cilia Flores — who was traveling with Maduro — were arrested in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on charges of conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.
Ms. Flores, 62 years old, is one of the most powerful figures in Venezuela’s government. The longtime partner of Mr. Maduro, she married him in July 2013 after his election as president, the Wall Street Journal reports.