Thursday, October 14, 2021

VENEZUELA: Human Rights Defenders Detained - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 10-12-2021

Javier Tarazona, Director of local NGO FundaREDES, Rafael Tarazona and Omar de Dios GarcĂ­a, FundaREDES’ activists, were arbitrarily detained on July 2, 2021 after attempting to report harassment from security officers at the Attorney General’s Office in the city of Coro (Western Venezuela).  They charged with inciting hatred, treason, and terrorism. 

Despite numerous requests, their trusted legal representatives have been denied accreditation before the court. The three are still awaiting a pre-trial hearing to take place. We urge authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally since their detention is politically motivated.