The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights, Humberto Prado, held a meeting with a group of wives and relatives of detainees for different political reasons, to learn about the conditions in which they find themselves, the status of the cases, the main needs of the detainees, as well as the development of a joint assistance plan for family members that provides, among other things, legal and psychological assistance.
During the first meeting, the family members told the team of the Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Care for Victims of the drama experienced by both the detained military and their relatives, who daily face different scenarios that hinder and, in some cases, impede communication between the detainees and their respective families.
In most cases, the family members cover the costs of food, medicine and transport to the respective detention centers. Many reside in the interior of the country and their salaries were seized, so the expenses are borne by the families, who often do not have the resources. They said they felt helpless.
Commissioner Prado pointed out that the treatment of political prisoners and their families is inadmissible. He expressed that the story of the relatives reveals the physical, psychological and soft torture to which the military are subjected, the violation of various rights enshrined in the Constitution of Venezuela and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.
The representatives in Venezuela of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, were notified of this first meeting between the families of the military detainees and the team of the Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Care for Victims, who will work together to draw up an assistance plan that seeks to alleviate the impact of the needs and deficiencies of the families of the military prisoners, through five fundamental lines of support that include an accompaniment plan, food aid, medicine, legal and psychological advice and transport of family members.
Commissioner Prado added that in the near future, joint working groups will be formed with the specialized team of the Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Care for Victims and with the families of military detainees, in order to assemble the plan together with those affected.