Amnesty International condemned the multiple harassment and threats by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship against deputies of the National Assembly, which is part of the repression against any form of political dissidence that opposes the usurper.
Amnesty International’s Director for the Americas, Erika Guevara Rosas said: “The authorities under Nicolás Maduro have repeatedly and consistently attempted to dismantle any form of political dissent in the country through serious human rights violations, including the use of torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions.”
The organization also highlighted the cases of Congressman Gilber Caro and journalist Victor Ugas, who have suffered a forced disappearance since December 20th, when they were taken by FAES officials serving Maduro’s dictatorship.
She also highlighted the stigmatization campaigns and threats against members of the opposition, such as the attacks against Deputy Delsa Solórzano, that are examples that add to the persistent harassment and intimidation of opposition deputies and workers of the National Assembly who have been arbitrarily detained. In recent years, dozens of opposition members have been forced to flee the country and seek asylum in the face of threats they have received from Maduro’s government.
“Amnesty International will continue to be vigilant in the face of this new political crisis around the National Assembly and the risk of repeated arbitrary arrests, or other attacks that may include attacks on MPs and journalists, stigmatization campaigns, restrictions on freedom of movement, threats to their physical integrity, torture, arbitrary arrests and illegal searches,” added Erika Guevara Rosas.
“The UN Fact-Finding Mission charged with investigating those responsible for crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations occurring in Venezuela must pay attention to this new wave of repression. The Venezuelan authorities must remember that these human rights violations may constitute crimes under international law that will not go unpunished,” she concluded.