Amnesty International (AI) affirmed in a report that impunity continues in Venezuela in cases of human rights violations, while they reported knowing of new cases of alleged extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and torture.
“Impunity for human rights violations continued to be the norm”, added the organization in the report “Dossier Torture 2022″, on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture that is celebrated this Sunday, June 26.
He also indicated that he continued the “policy of repression applied by the Government of Nicolás Maduro”.
“New cases of extrajudicial executions, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests, and torture and ill-treatment of people perceived to be critical of the government emerged.”he added.
Likewise, he recalled that a new investigation was opened into the forced disappearance, arbitrary detention, torture and death of Captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo, which occurred in 2019, “but not including chain of command responsibility”.
AI cited a report from the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Caribbean country from September 2021 which revealed that it was “usual” that the authorities did not investigate the allegations of torture.
“In 67 of the 183 cases it documented, prisoners had appeared in court with visible signs of ill-treatment. In some cases, the allegations of torture did not appear in the judicial records, in others the Public Ministry (Prosecutor’s Office) was ordered to open a formal investigation”, recalled the organization.
The Venezuelan NGO Foro Penal registered, between January 2020 and October 2021, 481 people detained in a “arbitrary”, of which, in addition, 95 were tortured, the entity reported on June 21.
The organization, which presented a report together with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights entitled “Criminal Justice as a tool of political repression in Venezuela,” noted that 93 cases of torture were recorded in 2020 and two in 2021.
“Among these cases, the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) led the number of reports against, representing 29 of 95 (30.53%) of the total complaints of torture”, he explained.
Likewise, it indicated that the cases of torture occur, mostly, when the detention occurs in the context of protests (38 cases), followed by the “conspiracy” (23 cases) and the military rebellion (17 cases).