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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
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Venezuela: Authorities must ensure that human rights violations committed by security forces are investigated and punished

In light of recent information on another possible case of arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances and the execution of 12 young people allegedly committed in the context of the so-called Operation Liberation and Protection of the People (OLP), Amnesty International urges the Venezuelan authorities to comply with their obligation to guarantee justice, truth and reparation, including a guarantee of non-recurrence, for the relatives of victims of crimes under international law and grave human rights violations.

Date:
30 November 2016
Ref:
AMR 53/5253/2016
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Venezuela: Release of prisoner of conscience must mark shift in treatment of political opposition

The release of a prominent Venezuelan opposition leader unfairly imprisoned since 2014 as punishment for his human rights work must mark a profound shift in the government’s approach to dissent and freedom of speech, said Amnesty International. Rosmit Mantilla, Member of Parliament, human rights activist and prisoner of conscience was released after spending more than two years in pre-trial detention at the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service facilities in Caracas.

Date:
17 November 2016
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Venezuela: Authorities deny medical care to severely ill imprisoned opposition leader

The Venezuelan authorities’ denial of medical care to a severely ill imprisoned opposition leader shows the cruel lengths they are prepared to go to in order to stifle dissent, Amnesty International said. Rosmit Mantilla, Member of Parliament, human rights activist and prisoner of conscience was scheduled to undergo surgery for multiple bladder stones, recurrent gallbladder attacks and gastric wall thickening on 31 October.

Date:
4 November 2016