In making such a determination, consideration was given to allegations that Congresswoman Solórzano has been the target of harassment and threats since 2017, and that she was recently informed by a lieutenant that he had been sought to assassinate her and another congresswoman. Also, the beneficiary has been publicly accused of her having hired to murder the person who allegedly had been hired to kill her, causing a climate of animosity against her. This would be reflected in actions by groups that would target and harass her when she went to the Legislative Palace to exercise her duties as a deputy.
According to the information provided, the beneficiary would not have any protection measures and it was alleged that the National Guard, which is in charge of the security of the legislative premises, does not provide the relevant protection as should be in the Legislative Palace.
Therefore, based on Article 25 of its Regulations, the Commission requested the State of Venezuela to adopt the necessary measures to protect her rights to life and integrity, to agree on the measures to be adopted with the beneficiary and her representatives, and to report on the actions taken to investigate the alleged facts and thus avoid their repetition.
The granting of the precautionary measure and its adoption by the State does not constitute prejudice to a possible petition before the inter-American system alleging violations of the rights protected in the applicable instruments.
The IACHR is a principal and autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), whose mandate derives from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote the observance and defense of human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The IACHR is composed of seven independent members who are elected by the OAS General Assembly in their personal capacity, and do not represent their countries of origin or residence.
The Deputy of the National Assembly (NA), Delsa Solórzano, thanked the IACHR for granting these protection measures. She also said that despite the fact that she and her family have suffered attacks and persecution, she will continue to defend the human rights of each victim of the Nicolás Maduro regime.
“This shows that in our country those of us who dedicate ourselves to defending citizens from the excesses of the State are being criminalized,” she added through her personal Twitter account.