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Argentina/Venezuela: Amnesty presses Venezuela, Argentina to release ‘political prisoners’

February 24, 2017

NGO’s top directors brand Latin America ‘most violent and unequal’

The directors of Amnesty International’s branches in Argentina and Venezuela have again called on their governments of both nations to release political prisoners, warning them for what the NGO perceives as their worsening human rights record, in a press conference at Amnesty International’s offices in Buenos Aires.

Amnesty International Venezuela Director Marcos Gómez began by criticising the Emergency Decree recently issued by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro adopting “discriminatory measures” that the executive claims will have “an almost criminal effect on the poor.”

Gómez also outlined his worries about systemic arbitrary detentions, and how the intelligence services in Venezuela is not following through with judicial rulings ordering the release of 18 prisoners. Civilians are also being tried in military tribunals, the NGO’s director warned, adding that journalists and human rights defenders are being persecuted and targeted by government-led media campaigns.

One of the human rights prisoners currently being detained is Argentine human rights lawyer Marcelo Crovato, who was first arrested in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2014.

Referring to two high-profile prisoners, both Gómez and Argentine Amnesty Director Mariela Belski stressed that demanding the release of Venezuelan politician Leopoldo López and Argentine activist Milagro Sala from jail were top priorities for the organisation. López is a Venezuelan politician who was first arrested in February 2014, and was later convicted of public incitement to violence.


http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/amnistia-internacional-alerto-sobre-detenciones-arbitrarias_82338 (ESPANOL)

http://www.clarin.com/mundo/calvario-marcelo-crovato-unico-preso-politico-argentino-venezuela_0_BJy-3D3Fl.html (ESPANOL)

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/02/22/america/1487793380_025361.html (ESPANOL)

Venezuela: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela

June 24, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela.

Juan Carlos Gutiérrez is a lawyer and counsel to Venezuelan opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo López.

It has come to our attention that on 25 April 2016, Mr. Gutiérrez filed a formal complaint before the National Prosecutor’s Office. In his complaint, he stated that he was subjected to several humiliating practices by military authorities at the Ramo Verde Prison where Mr. López has been detained since February 2014. The impugning conduct includes: strip searches; verbal and physical assaults; and intrusive and inappropriate touching. Juan Carlos Gutiérrez also alleges he was deprived of several personal belongings by prison authorities.

Juan Carlos Gutiérrez asserts that his ability to represent his client has been impeded by unjustified restrictions on his communications with his client. Moreover, he alleges that prison authorities have eroded solicitor-client privilege by recording all of his meetings with his client and by reading, and occasionally confiscating, confidential lawyer-client communications without permission. Juan Carlos Gutiérrez alleges that prison authorities have photographed him without consent and have accessed information on his mobile phone.

The Law Society of Upper Canada urges the government of Venezuela to consider Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers .


http://www.newswire.ca/fr/news-releases/declaration-publique—le-barreau-du-haut-canada-tres-preoccupe-par-le-harcelement-de-lavocat-juan-carlos-gutierrez-584265821.html (FRANCAIS)

Venezuela: Murder of Lawyer Héctor Sáchez Lozada

May 12, 2016

On January 22, 2016, lawyer Héctor Sánchez Lozada was murdered in the city of Maturín, in the state of Monagas. He was travelling to meet another lawyer. Currently, the reasons for the crime and the perpetrators remain unknown.

Mr. Sánchez Lozada was a human rights lawyers and a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Federation of Venezuelan Bar Associations in the state of Monagas.

The UIA sent a letter to Venezuelan authorities to express its concern and to request a prompt, thorough and effective investigation (see below).


Venezuela: IBAHRI concerned by harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela

May 5, 2016

The alleged ongoing harassment of Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela as he carries out his professional duties as defence lawyer for Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López is of great concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

On 25 April 2016 Mr Gutiérrez filed a formal complaint before the National Prosecutor’s Office stating he was a victim of several humiliating practices carried out by the military authorities at the Ramo Verde prison where Mr López has been detained since February 2014. These included: invasive body searches; verbal and physical attacks; strip searches; intrusive and inappropriate touching; and the deprivation of personal belongings.

Mr Gutiérrez asserts that his ability to represent his client has been impeded by unjustifiable restrictions imposed on his communications with Mr López. He further contends that legal professional privilege has been compromised at Ramo Verde prison by the military authorities recording all his and his client’s meetings; reading, and sometimes withholding, their lawyer-client documentation without permission; photographing him without consent; and accessing and scrutinising information on his mobile phone.



Venezuela: Héctor Sánchez Losada Assassinat de membre de la Commission des droits de l’homme du barreau fédéral dans l’État de Monagas

le 22 janvier, 2016

IDHAE L’Observatoire


Venezuela: Prosecutor in Opposition Leader’s Trial Flees Venezuela

October 23, 2015

A Venezuelan prosecutor who tried opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has fled the South American nation and apologized for his role in what he called a political show trial.

Caracas prosecutor Franklin Nieves’ arguments helped convict Lopez in September on what the politician’s supporters say were trumped up charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests last year. He was sentenced to nearly 14 years in jail.

In a video sent Friday to the Venezuelan news website La Patilla, Nieves said he fled Venezuela with his family to escape pressure from the executive branch and his superiors to stand by while “false evidence” is used to keep an innocent Lopez in jail during the appeals process. He said he would soon present evidence to demonstrate that Lopez’s trial was a premediated “farce.”




Venezuela: IBAHRI appeals to the Venezuelan authorities to immediately investigate renewed torture and rape allegations by Judge Afiuni

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is concerned by the continuing failure of the Venezuelan authorities to investigate allegations made by Judge María Lourdes Afiuni that she was tortured and raped while in detention. The IBAHRI urges Venezuela’s authorities to investigate the allegations immediately. Of further concern is the recent denial of Judge Afiuni’s allegations by the Venezuelan Attorney-General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, before the UN Human Rights Committee hearings in Geneva.

Judge Afiuni was imprisoned in 2009 after granting bail to political prisoner Eligio Cedeño in accordance with the provisions of the Venezuelan penal code. She repeated the allegations of torture and rape at her trial hearing in Caracas on 30 June 2015 in direct response to the Attorney-General’s denial. Under questioning by the UN Human Rights Committee on 29 June, Ms Díaz stated ‘… it is not true that Afiuni was tortured and raped. She is inventing it’. At her hearng the following day, Judge Afiuni requested permission to travel to Geneva in order to contest the Attorney-General’s claim. The request was not granted.