04/09/2020

Urgent Action Update: Attacks Against Opposition Members Grow (Venezuela: UA 1.20)


FAES police officers detained on 2 April, and still hold in custody, Maury Carrero, local council staff, and Demóstenes Quijada, advisor to Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó. On 30 March, unidentified officers detained Andrea Bianchi, partner to another advisor to Juan Guaidó. Later released, she claims that she was beaten and threatened with sexual violence. At least 10 other individuals connected to National Assembly opposition representatives and staff have been detained in different circumstances in recent months. We demand an immediate halt on the repressive policy against opposition members in Venezuela.

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President Nicolas Maduro
Due to postal restrictions caused by COVID-19, please only send physical mail to the Embassy
Tel: +58 212-8063111
Ambassador Carlos Vecchio
Embassy of Venezuela
Twitter: @VenezuelaInUS @carlosvecchio
Facebook: @VenezuelainUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Nicolás Maduro,

I and millions of others are observing how authorities in Venezuela repeatedly use your policy of repression, consisting of excessive force, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations to try to silence those voices critical of your government.

Repression and censorship in times of a global health crisis, including the continued targeting of political dissidents like National Assembly representatives, are of no help to the people in Venezuela. Now more than ever, their human rights should be protected.

I demand that you put an immediate stop to the policy of repression used by your government and to guarantee the right to due process, life, integrity, and freedom of speech for all Venezuelans – even if they do not agree with you.

Cordially,

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