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
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.