Urgent Action Update: Opposition Members Face Ongoing Threats (Venezuela: UA 1.20)

Since December 2019, members of the opposition and staff in the Venezuelan National Assembly have been arbitrarily detained, including Ismael Léon, detained on 21 January 2020 and then conditionally released on 23 January. The uncle of the National Assembly’s President, Juan José Márquez was arbitrarily detained on 11 February. The National Assembly’s Chief of Staff, Roberto Marrero, remains in detention since 21 March 2019. Representative Juan Requesens continues in custody, reportedly incommunicado since 5 February. Gilber Caro’s whereabouts have been informed to his lawyers and family, but he remains arbitrary detained since 20 December 2019.



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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
Twitter: @VenezuelaInUS @carlosvecchio
Facebook: @VenezuelainUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Maduro,

I and millions of others are observing your government’s repeated use of excessive force, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and torture as part of a policy of repression and violation of human rights as documented in Venezuela.

The continued targeting of political dissidents – including the arrest, torture, and disappearance of members of the Venezuelan National Assembly – demonstrate your government’s propensity towards the violation of human rights to forcibly silence opposition leaders and everyday Venezuelans alike.

I demand that you put an immediate stop to the violations of human rights and 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.



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