A group of former world leaders has sent an open letter to the Venezuelan government expressing its concern “for the difficult social, economic and political situation” in Venezuela.
The group also urged the release of opposition leaders who were jailed for allegedly inciting violence.
The letter was signed by 26 ex-leaders from Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Venezuela has not yet responded to their appeal
The signatories are members of the Madrid Club, an independent organisation made up of former heads of state and government.
They include former Brazilian President Henrique Cardoso, the ex-leader of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, as well as former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, Dutch ex-Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers and the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.