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Venezuela: Use of military courts against civilians undermines rule of law

The use of military courts to try civilians in Venezuela undermines the rule of law in the country, violating the Venezuelan constitution and international laws, said Amnesty International today. “The increasing use of military courts to try civilians is proof of the resolute determination of the Venezuelan authorities to stifle the increasing protests and terrorize anyone who even considers expressing their opinions,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 May 2017
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Venezuela: Silenced by Force: Politically-Motivated Arbitrary Detentions in Venezuela

In the context of deep political polarization and marked social deterioration in recent years, Amnesty International has noted arbitrary measures being used by the Venezuelan state security forces and justice system. Such measures are aimed at obstructing freedom of expression, association and political participation. They also affect people’s rights to freedom, physical integrity and due process.

Date:
26 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 53/6014/2017
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Venezuela: Increase in ‘witch-hunt’ of dissidents amidst political crisis

Venezuelan authorities are using the justice system to illegally increase persecution and punishment of those who think differently, says Amnesty International in a new report published today amidst an increase in protests around the country which have resulted in several deaths and hundreds of people injured and imprisoned. Silenced By Force: Politically-Motivated Arbitrary Detentions in Venezuela provides details on a catalogue of illegal actions on the part of the Venezuelan authorities to repress freedom of expression.

Date:
26 April 2017
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The art of surviving a Venezuela on the brink

The seemingly endless crisis in Venezuela appears to have entered a new, dark and alarming chapter. As if coming off the pages of a terrifying thriller, a crisis that seemed to have reached its worst point in recent months, has actually escalated further after weeks of protests sparkled by growing anger and frustration around what looks like a never-ending catalogue of problems. On Monday, President Maduro ordered the military onto the streets, two days before planned peaceful protests across the country on 19 April.

Date:
23 April 2017
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Venezuela: Unending cycle of violence and repression threatens the lives of the Venezuelan people

The unending spiral of violence and repression during the protests in Venezuela is submerging the country in a crisis that will be hard to come back from, threatening the lives and security of the Venezuelan population, Amnesty International said following reports of at least two deaths and several people injured and detained during the protests around the country today. The Venezuelan authorities confirmed that Paola Ramírez, 23 years old, and Carlos Moreno, 17 years old, were shot dead in San Cristóbal, Táchira and Caracas respectively.

Date:
19 April 2017
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Venezuela: Excessive use of force towards protestors exacerbates humanitarian crisis

Amnesty International emphasizes once again the obligation of the Venezuelan state to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest of all people in the country. Yesterday, during protests organized by groups critical of the current government outside the Ombudsman’s office, security forces repressed protestors using tear gas and rubber bullets. As a result, there were reports of people injured and affected by the asphyxiating effects of the tear gas.

Date:
7 April 2017
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Venezuela must protect human rights defenders and end impunity for past human rights violations

Human rights defenders in Venezuela continue to face intimidation and harassment as they carry out their legitimate activities. Many states made recommendations to guarantee freedom of expression and assembly and to ensure a free and enabling environment for civil society. Although Venezuela accepted most of the recommendations on freedom of expression, recent events demonstrate continuing challenges, for example recently CNN was removed from the cable television.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 53/6022/2017
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Venezuela: Detentions on the rise amid “witch-hunt” against opposition

The most recent wave of arrests of leaders and members of an opposition party point to a systematic pattern of abuses against those who dare to express an opinion contrary to that of the government, Amnesty International said today. Between January 11 and 12, MP Gilber Caro, member of the opposition political party Voluntad Popular, along with council members Roniel Farias, Jorge Gonzalez and political activists Stacy Escalona and Irwin Roca, were deprived of liberty after high level authorities who linked these leaders with Lilian Tintori, wife of the prisoner of conscience Leopoldo López, publicly accused them of carrying out "terrorist activities".

Date:
13 January 2017