Urgent Action: Prisoner of Conscience’s Life at Grave Risk (Venezuela: UA 4.20)

Since his arbitrary arrest on 29 November 2018, Venezuelan labor rights activist Rubén González, 60, has suffered a series of health crises, but has never received adequate care. On 19 January 2020, Rubén González began experiencing a grave peak of hypertension, putting his life at risk unless he receives urgent medical attention. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.



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Nicolas Maduro
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Palacio de Miraflores
Av. Nte. 10, Caracas 1012, Distrito Capital,
Tel: +58 212-8063111
Twitter: @NicolasMaduro
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 Nicolás Maduro,

I am very concerned about Rubén González’s imprisonment and current health condition.

Rubén González (60) was detained on 29 November 2018 for peacefully protesting for labor rights in Venezuela. For over one year he has been denied proper medical attention and is now going through a serious medical condition that requires urgent treatment.

Rubén González should not be in prison in the first place as his work as a trade union leader is protected in the Venezuelan Constitution, and the whole legal process has been unfair.

Since Rubén González is a Prisoner of Conscience, I demand his immediate and unconditional release. Also, as long as he is being unfairly kept in custody, he must receive the urgent and adequate medical treatment he needs, according to his wishes, and provided by doctors of his trust.

Yours sincerely,


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