Urgent Action: Parliamentarian Disappeared in Venezuela (Venezuela: UA 55.19)

The fate and whereabouts of Venezuelan opposition member of parliament Gilber Caro are unknown since 26 April 2019, when intelligence officers took him at a restaurant in Caracas, according to reports. Gilber Caro was arbitrarily detained from January 2017 until June 2018, under unfounded accusations of treason and stealing military equipment. His detention and disappearance in April 2019 is arbitrary since it reverses the freedom he was granted in June under political motives. We call on the Director of the Bolivian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) to swiftly provide information on Gilber Caro’s fate and whereabouts and to release him immediately.



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Mr. Gustavo González López
Director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN)
Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional
Torre Corporativa Metro de Caracas
Avenida Casanova, Plaza Venezuela
Caracas 1050, Venezuela
Mr. Samuel Moncada Acosta
Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
335 East 46th Street New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 557 2055 I Fax: 212 557 3528
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Mr. Acosta

Dear Director,

I am alarmed by the reports of the disappearance of member of parliament Gilber Caro on 26 April after Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) officers allegedly took him in a restaurant in Caracas. Gilber Caro’s lawyers have since tried to find him in all detention centres without receiving an official response on his fate or whereabouts. The SEBIN must disclose information on Gilber Caro’s fate and whereabouts and release him immediately.

I express my dismay for such a concerning situation to happen in your country and, as the authority in charge of ensuring the integrity and rights of anyone under SEBIN custody, I urge you to immediately inform on Gilber Caro’s fate and whereabouts to his lawyers and family and proceed with his release.

Yours sincerely,