Urgent Action: DETAINED FOR DEFENDING WOMEN AND GIRLS’ RIGHTS (Venezuela: UA 80.21)

July 14, 2021

Vannesa Rosales is a teacher and women and girls’ rights defender in the state of Mérida (West). On October 12, 2020, officers from the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Unit (CICPC) broke into her home without a search warrant and detained her, violating due process guarantees. She is now accused of assisting a 13-year-old girl, whose life was in danger, for the interruption of her pregnancy resulting from rape. Vannesa has been under house arrest since January 11, 2021 and her pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 21, 2021. The Attorney General should drop the charges against Vannesa and release her.

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  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on September 7, 2021.
  2. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
  3. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 80.21. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Attorney General, Tarek William Saab
Av. México cruce con Maduca A Pelelojo,
Edificio Fiscalía General de la República,
Caracas, Venezuela
Twitter: @TarekWiliamSaab
H.E. Joaquin A. Perez Ayestaran
Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations
335 East 46th Street New York, N.Y. 10017
Phone: 212 557 2055 / Fax: 212 557 3528
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ONUVENuevaYork ; @japerezve
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Tarek William Saab,

I am alarmed by the arbitrary detention and criminalization of Vannesa Rosales, a teacher, social worker and women and girls’ rights defender in Venezuela. On October 12, 2020, she was arbitrarily detained after an illegal inspection of her home by CICPC officials.

Vannesa is being accused of inducing abortion to third parties, criminal association and conspiracy for providing information and supporting the interruption of the pregnancy of a 13-year-old at her mother’s request. The girl’s life was in danger by the pregnancy, and she had been a victim of sexual abuse in Pueblo Nuevo, Mérida.

Since a precautionary measure was issued on January 11, 2021, Vannesa has been deprived of her liberty under house arrest and the preliminary hearing has not yet been held.

Vannesa must not face a criminal trial, and she must be released as soon as possible. Therefore, I demand that all charges against Vanessa are dropped, and if the case remains -unfairly- open, at least, she should face her trial free, as established by international law and standards on pre-trial detention. I also demand that in the meantime, her physical and psychological integrity is guaranteed. Those who peacefully defend human rights in Venezuela should not be criminalized.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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