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Venezuela: Wave of arrests as government turns against elected opposition

The arrest of four officials from the opposition in Venezuela, the removal from office of a further 11 and the issuing of arrest warrants against another five, demonstrates the Maduro administration’s tightening stranglehold on any form of dissent, taking repression to a frightening new level, said Amnesty International. “By removing opposition officials from their posts for no legitimate reason, the Maduro administration is crossing a very delicate line,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
11 August 2017
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  • Venezuela
  • Demonstrations

Venezuela: Ban on protests lays groundwork for mass human rights violations

The security plan announced ahead of the elections for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela this Sunday is laying the groundwork for a new wave of mass human rights violations, said Amnesty International. “Venezuela's ban on protests will do nothing but worsen an already incredibly volatile situation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. “Instead of trying to silence the increasing popular anger, authorities must find workable solutions to people's very reasonable demands.

Date:
28 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Detention

Venezuela: Lethal violence, a state policy to strangle dissent

Recurrent attacks against the Venezuelan population and speeches inciting violence by the authorities indicate a premeditated policy of violent repression of any form of dissent, Amnesty International said today after a further increase in deaths during demonstrations, with at least 91 cases registered in only three months. "What seemed to be isolated reactions by the Venezuelan authorities in the face of protests, in fact indicate a planned strategy by the government of President Maduro to use violence and illegitimate force against the Venezuelan population to neutralize any criticism," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 July 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Venezuela: Leopoldo López moved to ‘house arrest’ as repression deepens

The transfer of a prominent opposition leader from prison to “house arrest” should be a first step to reverse the Venezuelan government´s policy to silence those who do not agree with them, said Amnesty International. In the early hours of Saturday, Leopoldo López, prisoner of conscience and leader of the opposition party Voluntad Popular, was moved from the Ramo Verde prison to his house, where he will continue to serve his sentence.

Date:
8 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Unlawful Detention

Venezuela: Authorities’ militarization of crisis escalates violence and promotes fear

The increased deployment of military forces to repress protests, the rise in excessive use of force against protesters and others, and the use of military courts to try to silence dissenting voices illustrates a terrifying shift of the Venezuelan authorities’ approach to the human rights crisis wreaking havoc across the country, Amnesty International said after at least 60 people were killed in protests in the past 60 days.

Date:
2 June 2017
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  • Americas
  • Unlawful Detention

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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  • Americas
  • Detention

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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  • Americas
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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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  • Americas
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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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  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
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  • Americas
  • Detention

Venezuela: Former mayor transferred to prison as political crisis worsens

The transfer of a former opposition mayor to prison from house arrest at 3am this morning without any notice is a vile maneuver by the Venezuelan authorities to silence any critics amidst a growing political and humanitarian crisis in the country, Amnesty International said. “Authorities in Venezuela seem to be willing to stop at nothing in their quest to prevent anyone from criticizing them, particularly as the political and humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
27 August 2016
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Venezuela: Ruling to uphold López’s sentence, new stain on crumbling human rights record

A decision by a court of appeals in Venezuela to uphold a 13-year jail sentence against opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Leopoldo López is yet another stain on the country’s crumbling human rights record, Amnesty International said. “Leopoldo López is the victim of a vicious ‘witch hunt’ against anyone who dares to disagree with the Venezuelan government. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Carolina Jimenez, Americas Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International.

Date:
13 August 2016
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  • Americas
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Venezuela: Weakened human rights commitments

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in November 2016. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the previous UPR and the situation of human rights on the ground, and makes recommendations to the government of Venezuela on how to address some of the major human rights challenges with which it is faced.

Date:
4 August 2016
Ref:
AMR 53/4616/2016