Venezuela: Unarmed Protestors Beaten, Shot

Human Rights Watch 2014-05-05

(Washington) – Venezuelan security forces have used unlawful force in response to antigovernment demonstrations, severely beating unarmed protesters and shooting them at point blank range, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Security forces also subjected detainees to severe physical and psychological abuse, including in some cases torture, and justice officials failed to safeguard detainees’ due process rights.

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Venezuela: Political spiral of violence a threat to the rule of law

Amesty International 2014-04-01

Venezuela risks one of the worst threats to the rule of law in decades if the different political forces do not commit to fully respecting human rights, according to a new Amnesty International report on the current crisis in the country.

The report, Venezuela: Human Rights at risk amid protests, documents allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of the massive public demonstrations since early February.

“The country runs the risk of descending into a spiral of violence unless steps are taken to bring the conflicting parties around the table. This can only happen if both sides fully respect human rights and the rule of law. Unless this happens, the death toll will continue to rise with ordinary people bearing the brunt,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

So far 37 people have lost their lives and more than 550 have been injured including at least 120 through the use of firearms. According to figures released by the Office of the Attorney General on 27 March 2,157 have been detained during the protests. The vast majority has been released but continue to face charges.

According to allegations received by Amnesty International, the country’s security forces have resorted to the excessive use of force, including the use of live fire, and even torture when dealing with protesters.

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Venezuela: OAS Should Proceed with Meeting

Human Rights Watch 2014-02-28

The Organization of American States (OAS) and its member countries should proceed with a meeting on the situation in Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said today. The OAS should use the meeting to address the human rights violations committed in response to widespread public demonstrations since February 12, 2014. The OAS should not allow such an important opportunity to engage on human rights issues at the heart of the situation in Venezuela to be derailed.

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Venezuela’s New Security Agency: Watching the Web With No Judicial Oversight

2014-03-19 Global Voices Advocacy (Marianne Díaz)

In October 2013, the Venezuelan government enacted a law by presidential decree to create the National Strategic Security and Protection Center (CESSPA), an organization designed to “unify the flow of information on sensitive strategic aspects of Security, Defense, Intelligence and Internal Order, and Foreign Affairs” in both the public and private sectors. Within CESSPA’s organizational structure is the Directorate of Technological Studies and Information whose function, among others, is to process and analyze “information from the web,” and to analyze the “events or actions that affect daily life and the politics of the State.” CESSPA establishes mechanisms of prior censorship by possessing the ability to classify any information as secret [es] without going through any legal proceedings.

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Video by ”Foro Penal Venezolano”

”Foro Penal Venezolano” is a non-profit organization conformed by lawyers all over Venezuela. They have been giving free legal aid to the people (most of them students) that have been imprisoned for protesting and in some cases tortured.  They released this video about the violations of Human Rights in Venezuela. The video is in Spanish with subtitles in English.