The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a resolution on Jan. 10th extending precautionary measures in favor of journalist and assistant of congressman Gilber Caro, Victor Ugas, according to the Commissioner for Human Rights and Victim Services, Humberto Prado.
The IACHR extended its precautionary measures after considering that Ugas is in a situation of serious and urgent risk of irreparable damage to his human rights.
Prado said the IACHR urged the Venezuelan State to comply with the measures granted in favor of Gilber Caro on May 2nd, 2019, through Resolution 26/2019.
“At the time of taking its decision, the Commission assessed that, according to the request, Gilbert Caro and Victor Ugas were detained on December 20th, 2019 by diverse State security forces, emphasizing in particular that there have no news whatsoever about their whereabouts or destination to date, despite the constitutional resources presented,” Commissioner Prado reported.
“In order to assess the situation of vulnerability in which Assistant Ugas could find himself due to his relationship with Mr. Caro, the Commission took into account the information provided by the representatives and monitored by the IACHR, according to which, this would be at least the third time that Mr. Caro is detained by state agents and the second time that his whereabouts have not been reported, after said detention,” he continued.
After analyzing the de facto and de jure allegations made by the representatives, the IACHR considered that Mr. Victor Ugas is in a situation of grave and urgent danger, since his rights to life and integrity face a risk of irreparable harm. Therefore, based on Article 25 of its Rules of Procedure, the Commission requested the State of Venezuela to
a) to adopt the necessary measures to protect the rights to life and personal integrity of Mr. Victor Ugas. In particular, to inform whether the beneficiary is in the custody of the State and the circumstances in which he would be, or the measures aimed at determining his whereabouts or fate;
(b) report on the actions taken to investigate the alleged facts that gave rise to the adoption of this precautionary measure and thus prevent its repetition.