Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 37

Venezuela refuses again visit of IACHR eluniversal.com October 19, 2015 The Venezuelan government refused on Monday again a new offer from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit Venezuela and accused it of partiality in a public hearing opening...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 36

Venezuela opposition leader jailed for his ‘art of words’ while leader of protest movement RAQUEL LEON I independent.co.uk October 8, 2015 Living in a two metre square cell at the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas, Venezuela’s jailed opposition...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 34

Even in Jail, I Will Fight for a Free Venezuela LEOPOLDO LOPEZ I nytimes.com September 25, 2015 On Feb. 12, 2014, the repressive and inept elite that governs Venezuela ordered my arrest on charges of conspiracy, arson, inciting violence, damage to public property and...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 33

UN Working Group on arbitrary detention demands immediate release of Leopoldo López ohchr.org September 18, 2015 The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations Human Rights Council urged the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to proceed...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 32

Free Venezuela’s Leopoldo López BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD I Nytimes.com September 13, 2015 Upon hearing he had been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison on Thursday night, the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López extended his arms to a bailiff to be...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 31

Kafka in Caracas JEFFREY TAYLER I ForeignPolicy.com September 3, 2015 On Aug. 25 in Caracas, Judge Susana Barreiros announced the sudden and unexpected conclusion of judicial proceedings against Leopoldo López, the charismatic 44-year-old leader of the opposition...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 30

Trial Ends Abruptly, Before Key Evidence and Witnesses are Considered FreeLeopoldo.com August 28, 2015 Judge Susana Barreiros ended the trial against Leopoldo López on August 25 – even though much of the evidence and witnesses submitted by both the prosecution and the...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 29

Felipe González: In Venezuela there is vote, but no legitimacy of exercise ElUniversal.com August 21, 2015 Former President of Spain Felipe González asserted Venezuela faces an institutional crisis. The State, he reckoned, only works to issue statements holding the...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 28

OAS Secretary General welcomes release of Venezuelan opponents ElUniversal.com August 13, 2015 The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, welcomed on Thursday the release of former Minister of Defense Raúl Baduel and the home...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 27

Jailed Venezuela Opposition Ex-Mayor Granted House Arrest Nytimes.com August 11, 2015 Daniel Ceballos, a jailed former mayor of Venezuela’s western city of San Cristobal, has been granted house arrest due to health issues, the public prosecutor’s office...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 26

Now Is the Time to Save Venezuela’s Elections By JOSE CARDENAS I Foreignpolicy.com August 4, 2015 It is difficult to appreciate the level of socio-economic destruction that has befallen Venezuela through 18 years of chavismo, the socialist movement founded by the late...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 25

UN gives Venezuela one year to “correct” the issue of temporary judges El Universal.com July 24, 2015 One year. Such is the term given to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) and the Attorney General Office to take the necessary steps to...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 24

Foreign senators to visit Caracas to learn about “humanitarian crisis” ElUniversal.com July 21, 2015 Spanish senators Iñaki Anasagasti (PNV), José Miguel Camacho (PSOE), Andrés Gil García (CiU), and Uruguayan Senator Pablo Mieres (Partido Independiente)...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 23

Venezuela Bars Opposition Leader From Holding Office NyTimes.com July 14, 2015 One of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders announced Tuesday that she had been barred from holding public office as a critical election looms. Former lawmaker Maria Corina...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 22

No More Hiding From Venezuela’s Abuses DESMOND TUTU I wsj.com July 2, 2015 The Venezuelan government announced last week that it will hold parliamentary elections on Dec. 6. This news wouldn’t have attracted much attention if it weren’t the result of a 30-day hunger...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 21

NGOs denounce political and civil rights violations in Venezuela El Universal June 29, 2015 Thirty Venezuelan and international human rights organizations said that Venezuela failed to observe the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; therefore, they...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 20

Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Leader Ends Hunger Strike NyTimes June 23, 2015 Jailed Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez has ended a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date for legislative elections, a key demand of opponents of President Nicolas...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 19

UN questions “legality and conditions” of detention of dissenters El Universal June 15, 2015 The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, deplored on Monday the detention conditions of peaceful demonstrators in...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 18

Sign the Petition to Support Leopoldo López and Other Hunger Strike Participants Change.org June 8, 2015 Leopoldo’s sisters, Adriana López Vermut and Diana López, released a petition today appealing to international organizations, including the Organization of...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 17

Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on hunger strike BBC.com May 24, 2015 Prominent jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has announced he has gone on hunger strike demanding “freedom for political prisoners”. In a video leaked from...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 16

Venezuela’s people need the world’s help By LEOPOLDO LOPEZ I Washington Post May 15, 2015 Leopoldo López was mayor of the Chacao district of Caracas from 2000 to 2008 and is the leader of Venezuelan opposition party Popular Will. He has been jailed since February 2014...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 15

IACHR blacklists Venezuela and Cuba in HR special report El Universal May 7, 2015 The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) once again blacklisted Cuba and Venezuela for several human rights violations, in its annual report published on Thursday. In its...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 14

CDH-UCAB: Evidence of torture was hidden El Universal May 4, 2015 At least 10 strategies were used by the bodies of the Venezuelan public power to knowingly cover evidence of cruel treatment or torture, and/or prevent timely denunciation during the arrests in the...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 13

Ex-PM González sticking to plan to defend opposition leaders in Venezuela Elpais.com April 28, 2015 Former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González confirmed on Tuesday that he will go ahead with his plans to travel to Caracas to join the defense teams of two jailed...

Political Prisoners in Venezuela, Newsletter Nº 12

Human-Rights Commission Demands Protection for López and Ceballos PanamPost April 21, 2015 The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on the Venezuelan government to urgently adopt “the measures necessary to preserve the personal integrity of...


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