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.