IACHR deplores slaughter in Venezuelan jail
The regional organization reminded the Venezuelan State of its duty to "take the necessary steps to protect the life and safety of inmates"
In a press release, the entity seated in Washington was surprised at learning that the government explanation for the events that claimed a death toll of 58 prisoners, one minister and one National Guard officer were the result of an intended search.
"Due establishment of the order inside prisons by the authorities is an essential premise to ensure prisoners' human rights," the organization stated.
"States, as guarantors of prisoners' rights, should take all the necessary steps to protect the life and safety of inmates," they added.
Likewise, the IACHR remembered that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights imposed provisional measures on Uribana jail in 2007, including the government duty to disarm prisoners.
With reporting by Juan Francisco Alonso
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.