UN human rights chief meets with Venezuela's Guaidó, Maduro

UN human rights chief meets with Venezuela's Guaidó, Maduro
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet poses for a photo with opposition lawmakers on the steps of the national assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 21, 2019. The United Nations' top human rights official is visiting Venezuela amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations’ top human rights official is preparing to hold separate meetings in Caracas with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó and President Nicolás Maduro.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday will speak with Guaidó at the opposition-controlled National Assembly before seeing Maduro later in the afternoon.

The talks come as both men engage in a prolonged power struggle for control of the crisis-wracked nation.

Guaidó has failed to seize power five months after launching a campaign to oust Maduro. Maduro maintains that his rival’s efforts have been part of a U.S.-backed coup.

Opposition leaders say they will hold protests throughout the day to draw attention to the government’s human rights record.

Bachelet is on her first trip to Venezuela as head of the U.N. watchdog.