The Human Rights Observatory of the National Assembly published a communiqué rejecting the illegal detention of the guard of the Spanish Embassy in Caracas and three employees of Leopoldo López after his escape from the country this Saturday, October 25th.
The following is the complete communiqué:
On October 24th, 2020, the media reported that citizen Leopoldo López Mendoza, leader of the political organization Voluntad Popular, had left the residence of the ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, where he had remained as a guest, with an unknown destination.
On that same date, officials attached to the Bolivarian Service of National Intelligence (SEBIN), transferred to the headquarters of that police corps located in El Helicoide, the citizens Nubia Campos (cook) and José Jerges Neira (guard of the Embassy of Spain), and hours later the citizens Ibrahim Sojo and Carlos Garcia, (who were escorts of the citizen Lilian Tintori), in order to take their statements regarding the case as witnesses, and to date they have had no contact with family or lawyers.
The Human Rights Observatory of the National Assembly (ODDHHAN) demands that the officials of the Bolivarian Service of National Intelligence immediately cease the persecution and siege of the political leader Leopoldo López, and that all persons transferred to this location make statements be immediately released. The actions carried out by the police officers show, once again, the pattern of conduct aimed at persecuting dissidents, in absolute violation of human rights and of the treaties and agreements that our country has signed in the area of human rights, since it is a well-known fact that citizen Leopoldo López was a guest in the aforementioned Embassy and left it by personal decision.
Likewise, the Observatory of Human Rights of the National Assembly echoes the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the government of Spain, in which it confirms the entry into Spanish territory of citizen Leopoldo López Mendoza and then condemns the detention of personnel of its Embassy in Caracas, as well as the searches carried out in the buildings that served as his residence, considering the actions of the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be harmful to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.