Urgent Action: Arbitrary Detainee Held Incommunicado (Venezuela: UA 81.20)

On 2 April 2020, officers of the Venezuelan Directorate for Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) raided the home of Maury Carrero in Caracas (Capital) and detained her arbitrarily for reportedly being linked to an advisor to Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly. She has had almost no contact with her attorneys and family and has been held incommunicado since 1 May. Maury Carrero is at risk of torture and enforced disappearance, which are common in the country. We demand Maury’s release as her judicial case is processed, with all due process guarantees, protection of her integrity, and immediate access to her family and lawyers.



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Nicolás Maduro
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
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Tel: +58 212-8063111
Twitter: @NicolasMaduro
Ambassador Carlos Vecchio
Embassy of Venezuela
Twitter: @carlosvecchio
Facebook: @VenezuelainUS
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Nicolás Maduro,

I am concerned about the continuing use of arbitrary detention, torture, disappearances, and other human rights violations in Venezuela, particularly as your government uses the COVID-19 pandemic to further abuse its power.

On 2 April 2020, Maury Carrero was arbitrarily detained by DGCIM officials. Currently, she remains in custody and is being denied her right to communicate with her attorneys safely and privately. Maury Carrero’s lawyers have repeatedly been denied access to her. Her family is unsure of her whereabouts. Incommunicado detention for prolonged periods of time can amount to torture under human rights law.

I demand Maury Carrero be released while any investigation is carried out with all due process guarantees. Until then, I demand that the DGCIM guarantee Maury Carrero’s personal integrity, as well as give immediate and adequate access to her lawyers and family.

Yours sincerely,