The Ambassador to Peru, Carlos Scull, asked the Peruvian government and the entire international community to continue to maintain a firm stance against Maduro’s dictatorship in order to achieve freedom for Venezuela.
“The report of the Fact-Finding Mission confirmed to the world what we and displaced Venezuelans in all countries have denounced: Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship is systematically criminal. What is stated there is terrifying and reveals that the violence of the State is not only constituted by isolated acts committed by some officials, but by crimes against humanity ordered and planned from the highest levels of the regime,” denounced Scull.
The Venezuelan diplomat highlighted how “the report relates the type of torture that political prisoners are subjected to in ‘El Helicoide’.
This document describes how the detainees, held without an arrest warrant, are subjected to torture and threats to sexually violate their families in order to obtain false confessions or accusations. It also tells us that they can spend days or months incommunicado in cells where they lose track of time, without a place to relieve themselves and in overcrowded conditions with other inmates.
“One of the cells is known, sadly, as ‘La tumba’ (the tomb). There, the politically persecuted are held for months in a small, totally white room 50 feet below ground and at low temperatures. The Mission heard from the victims who cried for their freedom that at least two prisoners in ‘La tumba’ tried to commit suicide, others became ill, suffered panic attacks, and inflicted pain on themselves to find out if they were still alive since they lost all sense of reality,” he indicated.
Scull noted that “other cells, both in the Sebin and in the DGCIM, also bear these particular names that refer to the type of torture that the detainee is going to receive. The staircase’ is a hole underneath some stairs in which the prisoners sleep among rodents and cockroaches, ‘The room of the madmen’ is a room with mattresses in which the political prisoners spend months without even being able to go to the bathroom, and in ‘The submarine’ they submerge the detainees in water tanks to asphyxiate them.
“If this is no longer brutal enough, nor does it surprise us that it is happening before our eyes in this millennium, it is necessary to mention the murders, such as that of the opposition leader Fernando Albán, who was thrown from a tenth floor of the same Helicoide. Also that of the lieutenant commander Rafael Acosta Arévalo, who died from the traumas caused by physical aggression, and so many others who died in protests or extrajudicial killings,” he said.
The Venezuelan representative pointed out that “the report gathers many more stories like this one, so many that they add up to 400 pages of testimonies of victims of the Chavista dictatorship. This has allowed these experts to affirm that Nicolás Maduro, his Cabinet and the high leaders of the security forces, are responsible for crimes against humanity, which adheres to the existing indictement against them in the International Criminal Court”.
“This report not only relates the cruelty of the regime, but also reveals that we are facing a problem not only of Venezuela, but of the entire region. These crimes, added to the economic collapse of the country, have expelled five million Venezuelans, mainly to Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Similarly, its totalitarian logic seeks to expand throughout the continent, poisoning and hindering Latin American democracies,” he said.
For this reason he stressed the importance of maintaining a firm pressure against Maduro’s regime. “That is why today more than ever we are grateful for the support of democratic elements in Peru and other countries. In honor of the victims and their families, we must continue to demand strong positions against the dictatorship, demanding freedom, life and democracy in Venezuela,” he concluded.
— Carlos Scull (@carlosscull) October 7, 2020