04/06/2020

Urgent Action Update: Prisoner of Conscience Remains on Trial (Venezuela: UA 37.20)


Darvinson Rojas, Venezuelan journalist and prisoner of conscience for reporting on COVID-19, was conditionally released on 2 April 2020. After spending 12 days arbitrarily detained, Darvinson was charged with ‘advocacy of hatred’ and ‘instigation to commit crimes’ and released on bail pending a criminal investigation. Amnesty International considers these charges to be politically motivated and an attempt to silence his reporting on the pandemic in Venezuela, and we demand the case against him be closed.

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Nicolas Maduro
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Palacio de Miraflores
Av. Nte. 10, Caracas 1012, Distrito Capital,
Venezuela
Tel: +58 212-8063111
Twitter: @NicolasMaduro
Ambassador Carlos Vecchio
Embassy of Venezuela
Twitter: @carlosvecchio
Facebook: @VenezuelainUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Maduro,

I am very concerned about Darvinson Rojas’ arbitrary detention and prosecution.

Darvinson Rojas was detained on 21 March after having reported on the spread of COVID-19 in Venezuela. After 12 days being held by the FAES, he was conditionally released on bail on 2 April, unfairly charged with ‘advocacy of hatred’ and ‘instigation to commit crimes’.

In times of a global public health crisis, people’s right to freedom of the press is more vital than ever. Journalists, particularly those reporting on the crisis, should be protected, not criminalized.

I demand all charges against Darvinson be dropped immediately and unconditionally, and that all Venezuelan authorities respect and promote the right to freedom of the press and the safety of press workers.

Yours sincerely,

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