Venezuela: Further information: Defender remains detained, two released

Index Number: AMR 53/4923/2021

Javier Tarazona, Director of local NGO FundaREDES, remains detained by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), while Rafael Tarazona and Omar de Dios García, FundaREDES’ activists, were conditionally released on 26 October. All three were arbitrarily detained on 2 July 2021 after attempting to report harassment from security officers at the Attorney General’s Office in the city of Coro (Western Venezuela), and charged with inciting hatred, treason and terrorism. Despite numerous requests, their trusted legal representatives have been denied accreditation before the court. We urge authorities to release Javier Tarazona immediately, and unconditionally close the case against all three defenders.

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