Venezuela: Detained for defending women and girls’ rights

Vannesa Rosales is a teacher and women and girls’ rights defender in the state of Mérida (West). On 12 October 2020, officers from the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Unit (CICPC) broke into her home without a search warrant and detained her, violating due process guarantees. She is now accused of assisting a 13-year-old girl, whose life was in danger, for the interruption of her pregnancy resulting from rape. Vannesa has been under house arrest since 11 January 2021 and her pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 21 July 2021. The Attorney General should drop the charges against Vannesa and release her.

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