The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, Humberto Prado, reported that Venezuelan citizens held a meeting in the city of Bogotá with the delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
During the meeting, they denounced before this authority the human rights violations they were victims of in Venezuela and for which they had to flee to other nations, mainly Colombia.
In Bogotá, the delegation, composed of IACHR President Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, IACHR Executive Secretary Paulo Abrão, and Commissioner Francisco Eguiguren Praeli, met with victims, journalists, and social organizations, as well as former members of Congress, Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) judges, and members of the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office in exile.
Among the complaints they received behind closed doors was that 129 deputies were subjected to torture, threats, arbitrary arrests, and the failure to comply with due process during investigations, among others, according to the IACHR.
CAPTAIN ACOSTA ARÉVALO
Another testimony heard was that of Waleska Pérez, widow of Captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo, who was arrested by the Venezuelan military counter-intelligence on June 21st, 2019 and died in prison days later after being tortured to death by Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
Pérez, who was granted precautionary measures of protection by the IACHR, denounced before the mission the disappearance, torture, and murder of her husband, whose death was confirmed on June 29th by Maduro’s regime.
CENSORSHIP OF THE PRESS
The IACHR delegates also spoke with two journalists from the Armando.info portal who denounced the threats and censorship they have been subjected to after conducting an investigation into an asset laundering network that obtained millions in resources from the fictitious export of food to Venezuela.
The reporters, who are in exile in Colombia like dozens of their colleagues, also warned that they are victims of judicial harassment.
The mission also heard from the family lawyer of Councillor Fernando Alban, who died in government custody and who, according to the official version, committed suicide.
Albán died on October 8th last year at the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), where he was being held after being accused of participating in a failed drone attack on Maduro.
The hearings were also attended by social organizations that expressed concern about the migration crisis, the situation of pregnant women and the risk that Venezuelans face of being victims of human trafficking.