The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, Humberto Prado, made an urgent appeal to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the IACHR, about the persecution and harassment of political dissidents under Maduro’s regime.
Commissioner Prado’s request was made after the irregular onslaught of events in recent weeks, which put at risk the life and personal integrity of President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, part of his work team, and Freddy Guevara, Deputy to the National Assembly.
On July 12th, 2021, at noon, police agents at the service of Maduro’s dictatorship made an attempt on the life of the Interim President, Juan Guaidó, and his work team, as well as arbitrarily detentained and forcibly disappeared Deputy Freddy Guevara.
Given this, Commissioner Prado, emphasized before the OHCHR and the IACHR the systematic pattern of political persecution established by the Venezuelan regime, which has installed and maintained continuous and repeated practices for years against people who oppose its political ideology.
“Where multiple violations of civil and political rights, human rights and, above all, disrespect for life and personal integrity have been documented,” he said.
Likewise, he denounced the arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances, the opening of judicial proceedings without a legal basis, the existence of alleged judicial orders after the arrest, torture, are just some aspects of the systematic pattern of political persecution.
All this to the detriment of international instruments that seek to protect and guarantee human rights, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR).
Commissioner Prado expressed his immense concern at the incessant harassment and political persecution in Venezuela through actions contrary to human rights and human dignity.
In addition, the Venezuelan official asked the OHCHR and the IACHR for a statement on the pattern of arbitrary, contrary to the law, or that circumvent it and defy human rights protection standards.
Finally, he asked the organizations to demand the release of Freddy Guevara and all political prisoners, in addition to urging Maduro’s regime to stop the persecution against political dissidents.
Ante la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH) y la @CIDH, el Comisionado Presidencial @HUMBERTOPRADOS, efectuó un llamado urgente en relación a las persecuciones y hostigamientos contra la disidencia política del régimen de facto venezolano. pic.twitter.com/Qw29k3wPEL
— ComisionadoDDHH (@ComisionadoDDHH) July 24, 2021