Venezuela: Military arbitrarily detains NGO staff

Six staff members from Azul Positivo, a medical and humanitarian NGO in Venezuela, were detained on 12 January by officers of the Directorate of Military Counterintelligence in Maracaibo (DGCIM), Zulia (Western Venezuela). Five remain detained and one has been released. DCGIM officers raided the organization’s offices for over six hours and seized their working equipment. The staff members have not had access to their lawyers or family. We demand an immediate release of all Azul Positivo workers and the immediate cease to harassment and criminal prosecution of civil society.

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