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Colombia: Soraya Gutiérrez from CAJAR received further threats and harassment

October 2, 2017

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Caravana and other organisations part of the International Caravana of Jurist concerned to hear about aggressions towards human rights lawyer Soraya Gutierrez Arguello.

The Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group and other  are very concerned to hear of further threats and harassment towards human rights lawyer Soraya Gutierrez Arguello, member of José Alvear Restrepo lawyers collective (CAJAR). In 2005 Soraya received a dismembered doll painted in red to her house as a message of what repercussions her daughter could face. Again in July this year, her husband found another doll in the car registered in Soraya’s name, after attending a public hearing on security and mobility in Bolívar city.

Read the letter in English here and Spanish here

http://www.colombiancaravana.org.uk/soraya-gutierrez-cajar-received-threats-harassment/

http://www.colombiancaravana.org.uk/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/soraya-gutierrez-arguello

http://www.colombiancaravana.org.uk/caravana-five-international-organizations-concerned-attack-cucuta-premises-luis-carlos-perez-lawyers-collective/

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Colombia: Caravana Lawyers Group Calls Upon Colombia to Stop and Remedy Attacks on Members of the Corporación Colectivo de Abogados Luis Carlos Perez and other human rights defenders (HRDs) | Joint Letter

September 12, 2017

LRWC, la Fundación de la Abogacía Española, Lawyers for Lawyers, the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group, Colombia Caravana de Juristas the Netherlandsand the Colombian Caravana Irish Lawyers’ Group joined to call on Colombia to stop and remedy attacks on members of the Corporación Colectivo de Abogados Luis Carlos Perez and other human rights defenders (HRDs), to provide effective protection measures to HRDs in jeopardy and to prevent further attacks.

http://www.lrwc.org/colombia-caravana-lawyers-group-calls-upon-colombia-to-stop-and-remedy-attacks-on-members-of-the-corporacion-colectivo-de-abogados-luis-carlos-perez-and-other-human-rights-defenders-hrds-joint-le/

http://ccalcp.org/ (ESPANOL)

Colombia: 16 años del homicidio del profesor Jorge Freytter Romero

29/08/17

Este 28 de Agosto de 2017 se conmemoran 16 años del homicidio de Jorge Adolfo Freytter Romero, Abogado egresado de la facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad del Atlántico. Desde muy joven, Jorge Freytter creyó en la defensa de los derechos humanos, por ello se unió a las luchas estudiantiles donde las presidió en los años 70.

 

Luego entró a ser parte de la Asociación de Profesores Universitarios, ASPU. Un líder social dedicado a la defensa del derecho a la educación pública, el derecho al trabajo y los derechos humanos.

Al momento de su asesinato era profesor pensionado de la Universidad del Atlántico y miembro de la asociación de Jubilados de la institución, ASOJUA.

El día de los hechos, cerca de las doce y treinta de la tarde, pocos momentos después de que se bajara de un vehículo de transporte público, el profesor Jorge Freytter Romero fue privado de la libertad e introducido en un vehículo con destino incierto. De acuerdo con el relato de sus familiares y testigos, la víctima se dirigía a su casa ubicada en el barrio San Isidro de Barranquilla.

https://www.colectivodeabogados.org/?16-anos-del-homicidio-del-profesor-Jorge-Freytter-Romero

http://notimundo2.blogspot.fr/2015/08/jorge-adolfo-freytter-abogado-profesor.html

http://www.hijosbogota.org/index.php/recordar-con-el-corazon/galeria-de-la-memoria/item/61-jorge-adolfo-freytter-romero

http://pachakuti.org/textos/campanas/paracos/caso-freytter.html

http://www.ascjafr.org/

Venezuela/Colombia: Le parcours de Luisa Ortega, procureure générale au Venezuela contrainte à l’exil

le 29 août, 2017

Luisa Ortega lors d'une conférence de presse à San Jose le 28 août 2017

Le 5 août, le couperet tombe: Luisa Ortega est écartée de ses fonctions de procureure générale au Venezuela, après des semaines passées à dénoncer la radicalisation du président socialiste Nicolas Maduro.

Son éviction a été décidée par la toute nouvelle et toute puissante Assemblée constituante, voulue par le président Maduro mais décriée par une grande partie de la communauté internationale.

– La perte des illusions –

Chaviste (du nom du défunt Hugo Chavez, président de 1999 à 2013) de la première heure, Luisa Ortega, 59 ans, perd toutes ses illusions quand une violente crise politique commence à enflammer le pays début avril.

Cette avocate de formation, connue pour sa force de caractère, critique tour-à-tour la violence des forces de l’ordre dans les manifestations, le jugement de civils devant des tribunaux militaires ou encore la légitimité de la Constituante, élue dans le sang fin juillet.

«C’est une dictature!», dénonce-t-elle face aux journalistes.

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/08/29/le-parcours-de-luisa-ortega-procureure-generale-au-venezuela-contrainte-a-l-exil_1592603

http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/monde/story/La-Constituante-accuse-des-opposants-de-trahison-23838199

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/30/au-venezuela-un-rapport-de-l-onu-accable-le-regime-de-maduro_5178603_3222.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1504102681

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/31/escalade-de-la-repression-au-venezuela_5178810_3222.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1504161485

http://www.entornointeligente.com/articulo/22666/Fiscal-Luisa-Ortega-se-reuni (ESPANOL)

http://elperiodicodemexico.com/nota.php?id=865557 (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-reunio-con-presidente-corte-interamericana_201086 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/internacionales/438430-farc-santos-deberia-promover-dialogo-venezuela/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.finanzas.com/noticias-001/todos/20170830/venezuela-comienza-perseguir-decreto-3679277.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/venezuelas-ousted-prosecutor-says-the-government-is-trying-to-kill-her-36079996.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22007&LangID=E (ENGLISH)

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-08/luisa-ortega-diaz-kolumbien-nicolas-maduro-vorwurf (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Exiled Attorney General Says Venezuelan Regime Sent Paid Assassins After Her

August 25, 2017

Venezuelan Regime

The Attorney General of Venezuela Luisa Ortega Diaz claimed this week that Nicolás Maduro’s regime sent “assassins” to kill her once she began to speak out about the country’s broken democracy and human rights violations.

Ortega, who recently escaped from the country and is seeking asylum in the United States, gave an interview to the German magazine Der Spiegel in which she confessed to feeling unsafe even while abroad, as the regime could be hiring someone to kill her outside the country as well.

It was the first interview that Ortega gave since leaving Venezuela, and in it she documents how Maduro and his closest allies were using public funds for personal financial benefit.

Ortega detailed how the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has caused scandal in a handful of countries around Latin America for bribing politicians in exchange for project contracts, paid Diosdado Cabello US $100 million through a Spanish third party.

“We are facing a group of people who are not statesmen, but criminals,” Ortega said.

She went on to explain that she decided to leave Venezuela after receiving multiple threats. Government officials issued a warrant for the arrest of her husband, Deputy Germán Ferrer, claiming that he ran a million-dollar extortion ring.

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/08/25/exiled-attorney-general-says-venezuelan-regime-sent-paid-assassins-after-her/

http://qctimes.com/business/the-latest-maduro-wants-opponents-investigated-for-treason/article_b84e1b54-ca57-50e4-8fb5-d3dd8230d0fa.html

https://www.voanews.com/a/medical-transfer-sought-for-detained-venezuelan-judge/4000707.html

http://verfassungsblog.de/venezuela-lessons-of-a-crisis-written-on-the-wall/

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/luisa-ortega-diaz-denuncia-que-han-enviado-sicarios-buscarla_200512 (ESPANOL)

http://www.paginasiete.bo/planeta/2017/8/26/ortega-denuncia-maduro-envio-sicarios-busca-149712.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-compara-gobierno-maduro-con-dictadura-argentina-los_200686 (ESPANOL)

http://www.diariodecuba.com/internacional/1503827391_33559.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elobservador.com.uy/las-dos-caras-la-exfiscal-luisa-ortega-n1110613 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elsoldemargarita.com.ve/posts/post/id:194922/Luisa-Ortega_-Democracias-necesitan-medios-de-comunicaci%C3%B3n-libres (ESPANOL)

https://noticias.caracoltv.com/colombia/tres-magistrados-del-tribunal-supremo-de-venezolana-llegaron-colombia-por-presunta-persecucion (ESPANOL)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20170827-venezuela-maduro-chavisme-violences-crise-politique-sociale-economique-ortega (FRANCAIS)

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/venezuela-generalstaatsanwaeltin-luisa-ortega-diaz-ueber-ihre-flucht-a-1164585.html (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Colombia Says Venezuela’s Dissident Ex-prosecutor May Freely Travel

August 24, 2017

Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, left, talks with her counterparts during a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc prosecutors, in Brasilia, Brazil, Aug. 23, 2017. Brazil's attorney general is sharply criticizing the recent ouster of his cou

Venezuela’s former top prosecutor, who fled to neighboring Colombia last week, may freely enter and leave the Andean country for the next six months, Bogota said on Thursday, in a move likely to anger President Nicolas Maduro.

Following the removal of the former prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, from her post after she accused Maduro of violating human rights and eroding democracy, she fled Venezuela for Colombia last week with her lawmaker husband.

Trip to Brazil

Ortega then traveled to meet with regional prosecutors in Brazil, where she said on Wednesday she had evidence Maduro was engaged in corruption in the food industry and linked top Socialist Party officials to the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht’s region-wide bribery scandal.

Venezuela’s government, which says Ortega is a traitor and hypocrite, has said it requested an Interpol arrest warrant for Ortega and her spouse, German Ferrer.

https://www.voanews.com/a/colombia-says-venezuela-dissident-ex-prosecutor-may-freely-travel/4000122.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41041585

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/24/545901878/venezuelan-prosecutor-accuses-president-maduro-of-corruption

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450787/venezuela-democracy-collapse-dictatorship-hunger-explained

https://www.ft.com/content/8118595c-8998-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7

https://www.icj.org/venezuela-rule-of-law-and-impunity-crisis-deepens/

http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20170825-venezuela-nicolas-maduro-suspend-chaines-colombiennes-caracol-rcn (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lecho.be/dossier/portraits/Luisa-Ortega-procureure-generale-et-activiste-rebelle/9925774?ckc=1&ts=1503634417 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.romandie.com/news/Odebrecht-ou-la-fabrique-internationale-de-la-corruption/826599.rom (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elpais.com.uy/informacion/luisa-ortega-uruguay-delitos-venezuela.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/mundo/fiscal-chileno-ofrecio-asilo-luisa-ortega-diaz_200370 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2017/08/25/599f9c57468aeb50488b45c9.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.radioformula.com.mx/notas.asp?Idn=708104&idFC=2017 (ESPANOL)

http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/internacional/491562/magistrados-llevaran-a-maduro-ante-corte-penal-internacional.html (ESPANOL)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/ultimas-noticias/efe/2017/08/25/ex-procuradora-geral-da-venezuela-deixa-o-brasil-e-retorna-a-colombia.htm (PORTUGUES)

http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2017/08/24/news/venezuela_la_procuratrice_anti-maduro_ai_giudici_dell_america_latina_il_presidente_e_corrotto_indagate_ho_le_prove_in_u-173776262/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/venezuela-generalstaatsanwaeltin-luisa-ortega-diaz-ueber-ihre-flucht-a-1164585.html (DEUTSCH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Ortega_D%C3%ADaz

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Ortega_D%C3%ADaz (FRANCAIS)

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Ortega_D%C3%ADaz (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Venezuela’s ousted prosecutor accuses Nicolas Maduro of corruption

August 24, 2017

venezuela crisis, venezuela protests, nicolas maduro,  Luisa Ortega Diaz, nicolas maduro corruption 

Venezuela’s recently ousted chief prosecutor accused President Nicolas Maduro and several allies on Wednesday of participating in acts of corruption, saying she would turn over proof that would help other countries prosecute. Venezuela’s government quickly fired back, accusing Luisa Ortega Diaz of “grave moral and ethical infractions.”

Ortega spoke during a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc prosecutors in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. Ortega was removed by a new, pro-government constitutional assembly in early August after breaking with Venezuela’s socialist government. She fled abroad with her husband, whose arrest was ordered by the country’s supreme court.

“I want to denounce, in front of the world, a grave situation in Venezuela: that of excessive corruption,” Ortega said. “Because of that reason, (Maduro’s administration) is violating the constitution and law to protect itself.” Ortega said she had evidence implicating Maduro and other top officials in corruption involving Brazilian constructor Odebrecht and other companies.

Ortega told reporters after the meeting that Maduro loyalist Diosdado Cabello received $100 million from Odebrecht via a Spanish company called TSE Arietis, which was owned by cousins of Cabello. She also claimed that Maduro was the owner of a Mexican company that Venezuela had contracted to provide basic foodstuffs. She said Group Grand Limited was registered in Mexico under the names Rodolfo Reyes, Alvaro Pulido Vargas and Alex Saab, but that Maduro was the real owner.

“It’s impossible for cases to be investigated in Venezuela,” said Ortega, adding that she was providing documentation to the United States, Brazil, Colombia and Spain. Ortega’s claims could not be immediately verified. Emails sent to Group Grand Limited and TSE Arietis seeking comment were not returned.

Venezuela’s ousted prosecutor accuses Nicolas Maduro of corruption

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41031469

https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/latin-america/179827-venezuela-lawless-maduro-critic-luisa-ortega

http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/24/venezuela-ortega-slams-muduro

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11910372

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/venezuela-police-broadcast-raid-rebel-prosecutor-luisa-ortegas/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41041585

http://fr.euronews.com/2017/08/24/luisa-ortega-compte-prouver-que-ladministration-maduro-est-corrompue (FRANCAIS)

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20170824.OBS3724/venezuela-luisa-ortega-l-ex-procureure-en-fuite-accuse-maduro-de-corruption.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/24/luisa-ortega-commence-le-grand-deballage-sur-la-corruption-au-venezuela_5176023_3222.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/venezuela/venezuela-qui-est-luisa-ortega-l-ex-procureure-chaviste-exilee-au-bresil-apres-s-etre-opposee-au-president-maduro_2339421.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Ameriques/Tensions-diplomatiques-autour-Venezuela-2017-08-24-1200871719 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/gobierno/diosdado-cabello-respondio-las-acusaciones-ortega-diaz_200276 (ESPANOL)

http://it.euronews.com/2017/08/24/ortega-diaz-forniro-prove-della-corruzione-di-maduro (ESPANOL)

http://www.infobae.com/america/venezuela/2017/08/24/la-dictadura-de-maduro-retiro-la-emision-de-los-canales-colombianos-caracol-television-y-rcn/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.semana.com/mundo/articulo/maduro-saca-del-aire-a-caracol-television-y-rcn–almagro-critica-la-decision/537506 (ESPANOL)

http://pt.euronews.com/2017/08/24/ex-procuradora-geral-ataca-maduro (PORTUGUES)

http://de.euronews.com/2017/08/24/geschasste-staatsanwaltin-droht-maduro (DEUTSCH)