Urgent Action: Opposition Members at High Risk of Attack (Venezuela: UA 1.20)

Renewed attacks on representatives and staff linked to opposition parties in Venezuela’s National Assembly began on 20 December 2019. Following events on 5 January 2020, there are serious concerns about the risk of arbitrary detention and other grave human rights violations for all other representatives. This is not the first time that President Nicolas Maduro and his government have intimidated, harassed, physically abused, arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared National Assembly representatives and staff in an attempt to silence political dissent.



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President Nicolas Maduro
Palacio de Miraflores
Av. Nte. 10, Caracas 1012, Distrito Capital,
Tel: +58 212-8063111
Ambassador Carlos Vecchio
Embassy of Venezuela
1099 30th St NW #2, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 342 2214
Twitter: @VenezuelaInUS @carlosvecchio
Facebook: @VenezuelainUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Maduro,

I am very concerned about the use of arbitrary detention, excessive force, enforced disappearances, and other grave human rights violations that Amnesty International has documented as part of a policy of repression implemented by your government.

Events starting on 5 January 2020 show that your government is attempting to silence dissent within the National Assembly, arbitrarily using power against the opposition, and threatening basic human rights such as life, integrity and freedom.

I strongly call on you to put to an end the policy of repression against the opposition, guaranteeing and protecting representatives and workers of the National Assembly their civil and political rights.

Yours sincerely,


Because you ❤️ human rights