The Human Rights Observatory of the National Assembly (NA) demanded that Nicolás Maduro’s regime apply a humanitarian measure to all political prisoners because of the danger they are in after the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in Venezuela.
“The State, as established in Article 43 of the Constitution, must protect the lives of people who are deprived of their liberty,” the institutional platform said from its official Twitter account.
They also requested that the representatives of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, be allowed to visit and enter all the detention centers that have possible cases of coronavirus. In this way, they will be able to verify the state of health of the detainees and be able to mediate humanitarian measures.
The Deputy of the NA, Adriana Pichardo reported that some of the political prisoners have already begun to present symptoms of Covid-19 such as diarrhea, fever and loss of taste and smell.
“They are being treated with primary treatment as if it were a flu,” she added.
Pichardo reiterated that in all of the prisons there is overcrowding and lack of sanitation.
“It is time to do the right thing, it is time to avoid a tragedy, especially the death of innocent Venezuelans who are behind bars, just for thinking differently,” she ended.
“Es hora de hacer lo correcto, es hora de evitar una tragedia, sobretodo la muerte de venezolanos inocentes que están tras las rejas, tan solo por pensar distintos”, concluyó.
Desde hace meses se ha alertado y exigido #MedidaHunanitaria para todos los Presos Políticos tras la llegada del COVID-19 a nuestro país, la vida de todos los encarcelados corre peligro. pic.twitter.com/jrd8026zoI
— Observatorio de DDHH AN (@DdhhAn) August 7, 2020