The National Assembly (AN) approved, in the ordinary session on Tuesday, an agreement in rejection of all types of torture, cruel and inhuman treatment as well as the forced disappearance and violation of personal freedom against civil and military citizens who currently are deprived of liberty or under judicial proceedings for their convictions and political activities, this on the occasion of commemorating the first year of the murder of councilor Fernando Albán.
Similarly, the text requires that all objective investigations be carried out to prosecute and determine the material and intellectual responsibilities of all complaints made to national and international organizations regarding torture, cruel and inhuman treatment and forced disappearance of civil and military citizens under custody by state officials, with special attention, on the complaints filed before the United Nations system, and the inter-American human rights system and the different inter-parliamentary organizations of which this National Assembly is a part.
The document was presented by deputy Jorge Millán, who said that the councilor for the municipality Libertador of Caracas of the Primero Justicia (PJ) party, Fernando Albán, was a man of great religious conviction.
“I was conscious about the humility and social vocation of this human being. They took his life early, but not his ideals or his struggle”, he remarked.
He asserted that his ideas will transcend and with his example will light the way for Venezuela to be free. “The brutality and torture did not bend him to tell lies, it is an example of freedom”, he added.
He also indicated that Albán died for the truth and said he was deeply Christian, “he had to give his life for Venezuela and today he is with us, with that indestructible example to defeat the hatred that you, the regime, represent that has destroyed the nation but which will soon be replaced by democracy.”
Millán said that today the struggle of Venezuelans is the struggle for a free people.
It should be noted that the session was attended by relatives and friends of the councilor in reference, where Mariela Albán, her sister, made use of the speaker’s podium to express her gratitude to God for giving them strength in the face of so much pain for the lost bliss.
“My brother was a convinced man who fought for the welfare of people and his family, he always had a cousel, support and solidarity with others”, said Mariela Albán.
She indicated that he was the founder of the Primero Justicia Party and directed his political vocation to the most needy, “he used politics to help those most in need, an example of this the pot of solidarity in many popular sectors.”
She informed that the councilor’s wife will create a foundation in his name with the purpose of continuing with the solidarity assistance for the needy.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Aragua state, Adriana Pichardo, recalled that the forensic examinations revealed that in Fernando Alban’s lungs there was water and multiple signs of torture and at the same time she warned that, unfortunately, the councilman is not the only case of torture in hands of this state agency.
“Every day human rights are violated and the regime uses torture to break us. There are a number of political prisoners who are in a reprehensible situation”, she said.
She commented that this regime has become a torture specialist, “stories get known daily where citizen’s human rights are violated, for that reason, I invite all Venezuelans to Non-Governmental Organizations and all victims to denounce any violation of human rights to do justice.”
For his part, parliamentarian Virgilio Ferrer said that Fernando Albán is a hero and, in his opinion, his murder is the greatest violation that has happened in recent years in Venezuela.
The deputy for the ruling party, Juan Marín, said they would join the proposal for an agreement that would allow for the rejection of hatred and violence for the benefit of Venezuela.
Deputy Delsa Solorzano referred to Fernando Albán as a man who always held out his hand, besides being a lawyer and politician, he was a unionist, father, brother and husband.
“A man of whom no one has anything bad to say and that even today a year after his murder we still cry for and we will never stop doing it, even when justice is done, which we know will happen”, she said.
She warned that in the country one lives in a regime that constantly violates human rights and we hear the spokesmen of the regime ask that human rights be respected in other countries, “but with what morals they ask for human rights to be respected in other nations if they violate human rights here in Venezuela in this way, with what morals they speak of human rights in Ecuador when they are protecting here those who have an arrest warrant like former President Correa.”
She recalled that the United Nations knows about the case and when there is justice in Venezuela his body will be exhumed to know the truth, although the country knows it well today.
“The State had the responsibility to safeguard his life and not only it didn’t do it but he was killed, you cannot hide the truth that he was murdered, nor can it be hidden that there will be justice in Venezuela inside and outside the country,” added Solorzano.
Finally, the first vice president of the National Assembly, Deputy Edgar Zambrano, said that to remind Fernando of Alban, the best tribute is to express the continuous and permanent defense of human rights in Venezuela.
“To remember Fernando, the best tribute is to express the continuous and permanent defense of human rights in Venezuela, to remember the presence in the different prisons of militants of many political organizations which make up this parliament, but also of an important number of military prisoners”, he said.
Zambrano stressed that the physical disappearance and the crime of Albán, is due to a political act, which also keeps countless political prisoners in behind bars.
“Remember the Metropolitan Policemen, there are in prison violating their due process and their legitimate right to defense, there is also Requesens, a parliamentary colleague elected by the Táchira state constituency, Roberto Marrero, companion of this body and the countless raids of parliamentary immunity, in a purely political act”, he said.
He concluded by highlighting that there is no autonomy and independence of powers in Venezuela, since in his opinion the political prisoners in the country have owners. “The release tickets for independence and autonomy of the powers, must be complied by immediately by the justice operators, and it turns out that they are not, they are stopped by the wall of he who has the keys to the cell, we have a state within the state, because apparently the political prisoners have owners, and these have a first and last name”, he said.