Adriana Pichardo, deputy of the National Assembly for Voluntad Popular Party, demanded the release of the more than 400 political prisoners in Venezuela to preserve their right to health and life in the face of the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting much of the world.
The parliamentarian stated that the conditions of confinement in which the political prisoners find themselves are lethal in the face of the pandemic. “Overcrowding, lack of drinking water, lack of adequate medical care and services, and lack of exposure to the sun for long periods of time, in addition to poor diet, are all lethal factors in the prevention and control of infection in prisons,” she said.
Pichardo said it is impossible to comply with the necessary health measures to prevent contagion in these prisons as a result of years of neglect and abandonment of the entire prison system.
She also reported that, unofficially, it was learned that at least 100 common prisoners have been released, a measure that she considers necessary but insufficient, thus revealing the regime’s lack of will to preserve the lives of the more than 400 political hostages it holds in the various security agencies and detention centers, endangering the main human right, which is life.
Pichardo called on the national and international community to be alert to the life and integrity of all political prisoners, as other governments around the world have done in protecting the lives of their fellow countrymen in detention.
“We demand humanitarian measures of freedom and caution for all political prisoners. It is the responsibility of the regime to protect the lives of those who today are behind bars without having committed any crime. There are hundreds of homes affected by the inhuman situation in which their relatives are held by the dictatorship”, she added.
Finally, Congresswoman Pichardo said: “We urge the use of the criteria set forth by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet, who has indicated that all political prisoners should be released and that measures should be taken for the rest of the prisoners”.