Human Rights NGOs call for inquiry into Venezuelan prison riot
The Venezuelan General Attorney's Office was asked to find the underlying cause of the events that took place on January 25 in a prison located northwest Venezuela, where 58 people were killed
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The NGOs -Una Ventana a la Libertad (A Window to Freedom), Control Ciudadano para la Seguridad, la Defensa y la Fuerza Armada Nacional (Citizen Control for Security Defense and the National Armed Force), Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social (Venezuelan Watchdog for Social Conflict), and Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela (Venezuela's Press & Society Institute, IPYS)- called for sanctions against those responsible for the incidents in Uribana prison.
Further, the NGOs asked authorities to provide the names of the casualties and inform their relatives about their fate. To date, the bodies have not been identified, nor has information concerning the cause of death been released.
The NGOs hope the Attorney General's Office acts promptly with the investigation, adding that past investigations into similar incidents have borne no fruits.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.