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Urgent Action: Trans Man And Daughter Threatened By Police (Venezuela: UA 40/17)

Urgent Action
February 10, 2017
 
Transgender lawyer Samantha Seijas was threatened by a police officer from the Aragua Police Force, in central Venezuela, while filing a complaint in a police station accompanied by his daughter. Fears exist for their safety.
 
On 31 January, after filing a complaint at a police station, transgender lawyer Samantha Seijas and his daughter Aleska Seijas were beaten about the head and face by police officers from the Police Force of Aragua, who uttered derogatory phrases such as “what happened to trying to act all manly?“ (¿no te la tiras de macho?), referring to his gender identity. He told Amnesty International that as well as beating them, one of the officers threatened Samantha by saying “pray to God that I don’t find you out alone at night“ (pídele a Dios que no te encuentre de noche sola por la calle). It is important to note that Samantha Seijas and his daughter live in front of the police station.
 
The day after these events, Samantha Seijas presented a complaint before the Public Prosecutor’s office. He is afraid that the proximity of the police station and by extension, the presence of the police officers from the Aragua Police Force, will lead to the threats being carried out.
 
To date, there have been no reports of an investigation having been initiated based on Samantha Seijas’ complaint. 
 
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Expressing concern for the safety of Samantha Seijas and Aleska Seijas and urging the authorities to guarantee their safety in accordance with their wishes;
  • Calling on the authorities to initiate a comprehensive and impartial investigation into the reported attacks, to make the results public and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
 
Contact these two officials by 24 March, 2017:
 
Attorney General
Dra. Luisa Ortega Díaz
Fiscalía General de la República
Avda. México, Manduca a Pelelojo,
Edif. Sede Fiscalía General de la República, La Candelaria
Caracas, Venezuela
Fax: +58 212 509 8504
Salutation: Dear Attorney General / Señora Fiscal
 
Minister Counselor of Political Affairs Carlos J. Ron
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
1099 30th St. NW, Washington DC 20007
Fax: 1 202 342 6820  I  Phone:  1 202 342 2214  
Salutation: Señor Ministro/Dear Minister
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
 
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