The political coordinator of Voluntad Popular in Carabobo, Reinaldo Marrero, reported that his brother, the presidential chief of staff of Venezuela, Roberto Marrero, has been kidnapped this Saturday for 506 days by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship of and denounced that his human rights have been violated because he does not have adequate medical care and his life is in danger due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We do not know if Roberto and the other political prisoners have adequate care, they have no way to wash their hands, we have no guarantees of their health status. My brother suffers from asthma and hypertension, he is 51 years old and he is not a boy, so by keeping him arbitrarily detained in the Helicoid without any care they are putting his health at risk.”
For his part, the presidential commissioner for human rights and attention to victims, Humberto Prado, spoke out to demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, due to the high risk of contagion from COVID-19 in Venezuela’s prisons.
“Urgent measures must be taken to prevent COVID-19 from causing havoc. Now more than ever, governments should release all prisoners held without sufficient legal grounds, political prisoners and other inmates who were imprisoned simply for expressing critical ideas or dissent.”
Prado blamed the regime for the death of 70-year-old Erick José Echegaray, who allegedly contracted COVID-19 at El Helicoide. “They knew he had respiratory problems and they didn’t give him the necessary attention, at no time can they say that they got this person out in time, it’s their sole responsibility”.
The commissioner indicated that the situation in the prisons and police cells is critical and assured that the prisoners do not have medical services, drinking water, hygienic services and garbage collection.
He also requested the release of all political prisoners before the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He denounced that those deprived of their liberty do not enjoy dignified treatment and are in totally overcrowded (conditions), in addition to the violation of due process due to procedural delays. “Just as they are releasing more than 2,000 common prisoners, why don’t they release the political prisoners?”