• Campaigns

Further information on UA 190/90 (AMR 53/03/90, 14 May and follow-ups AMR 53/04/90, 30 May and AMR 53/05/90, 31 August) - Venezuela: ill-treatment / prison conditions: Amilcar Rodriguez Macias and other prisoners

, Index number: AMR 53/006/1990

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 53/06/90
Distr: UA/SC
18 September 1990
Further information on UA 190/90 (AMR 53/03/90, 14 May, and follow-ups AMR
53/04/90, 30 May, and AMR 53/05/90, 31 August) - Ill-treatment/Prison conditions
and other prisoners
Ten prisoners, including Amílcar Rodríguez, were transferred from El Dorado
to San Juan Juan de los Morros prison in the state of Guárico on 31 August.
The transfer followed the visit to El Dorado of three state attorneys (fiscales)
and a forensic doctor who confirmed the prisoners' poor medical condition.
On 11 September, Amílcar Rodríguez was transferred again to another prison
in Caracas, Internado Judicial del Junquito, which is said to provide better
facilities for the immates.
The local human rights organization PROVEA, and the Comité de Familiares
de Presos, Committee of Prisoners' Relatives, have sent a complaint to the
Federación Médica Venezolana, Venezuelan Medical Federation, regarding the
alleged involvement of medical personnel in the session in which Amílcar
Rodríguez is said to have been tortured.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/express and airmail letters in
SPANISH if possible:
- stating that you have been informed of the transfer of some of the prisoners
on the grounds of their medical condition and asking that they receive proper
medical attention;
- urging that the allegations of ill-treatment be fully investigated, including
allegations of involvement of medical personnel, and that criminal proceedings
be brought against those whom there is found to be evidence of involvement
in torture.
Sr. Jesús Moreno Guacarán
Ministro de Justicia
Ministerio de Justicia
Torre Norte, piso 25
Centro Simón Bolívar
Caracas, Venezuela (Minister of Justice)
Telegrams: Ministro Justicia, Caracas, Venezuela
Telexes: 21935 MINJU VC
Dr. Ramón Escovar Salóm
Fiscal General de la República
Fiscalía General de la República
Manduca a Ferrenquín
La Candelaria
Caracas, Venezuela (Attorney General)
Telegrams: Fiscal General, Caracas, Venezuela
Telexes: 24787 FISGE VC
Apartado 5166
Caracas 1010-A, Venezuela (Human rights organization)
Federación Médica Venezolana
Avenida José María Vargas
Edificio Torre del Colegio
Piso 16 - Urbanización Santa Fe
Caracas, Venezuela (Venezuelan Medical Federation)
and to diplomatic representatives of Venezuela in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 30 October 1990.

View report in English