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
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.