Urgent Action Update: Incommunicado Detainee Now Indicted (Venezuela: UA 81.20)

Maury Carrero, detained arbitrarily in April 2020 by officers of the Directorate for Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) in Caracas, was indicted on 19 May by the prosecution. She is accused of ‘concealing firearms’ and ‘association to commit crimes’, both under counterterrorism laws. With almost no contact with her attorneys and family since 1 May, she remains at risk of torture. We demand Maury’s release, protection for her integrity while in custody and respect for all due process guarantees during her trial.



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Nicolás Maduro
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
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Ambassador Carlos Vecchio
Embassy of Venezuela
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador


Dear Nicolás Maduro,

I am concerned about the continuing use of arbitrary detention, torture, disappearances, and other human rights violations in Venezuela, particularly as your government uses the COVID-19 pandemic to further abuse its power.

After being arbitrarily detained on 2 April 2020 by DGCIM officials, Maury Carrero was indicted with crimes under counterterrorism legislation on 19 May. Since she’s been in custody, Maury Carrero’s family and lawyers have repeatedly been denied physical access to and communication with her. Incommunicado detention for prolonged periods of time can amount to torture under human rights law.

I demand the release of Maury Carrero during the duration of her trial, respecting all due process guarantees. Until then, I demand that authorities uphold Maury Carrero’s personal integrity, as well as give immediate and adequate access to her lawyers and family.