The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights, Humberto Prado, was present this November 22 outside UNDP, accompanying Juan Guillermo Requesens, father of Congressman Juan Requesens, to demand his immediate release.
“It is the opening of the trial, it begins with the oral and public debate, which represents the penultimate phase of the process, which is the trial phase, of Congressman Juan Requesens and will take place on Monday November 25th after 472 days, or 15 months and 15 days as a prisoner,” said the commissioner.
According to law, this trial should be open to all citizens who so wish. However, Nicolás Maduro’s regime will be in charge of circumventing all the rules.
Only the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) may order the arrest of a deputy with the prior authorization of the National Assembly (AN). In view of this, Prados indicated that “social prisoners pay class, not crimes, and political prisoners do not pay for crimes but for thinking differently.”
As enshrined in Article 200 of the Constitution, which states: “Deputies to the National Assembly shall enjoy immunity in the exercise of their functions from the time of their proclamation until the end of their mandate or resignation thereof.
And article 23 of the Constitution establishes that compliance with treaties, covenants and conventions relating to human rights, subscribed and ratified by Venezuela, have constitutional hierarchy and their decision must be obeyed.