A total of 591 Venezuelan inmates slain in 2012
General Coordinator of NGO Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones (Venezuelan Prison Watch, OVP), Humberto Prado, produced the annual report on the penitentiary situation in Venezuela
- Murder rate in Venezuelan jails 22 times higher than in the streets
- AI urges serious inquest into the events at Venezuelan jail
- Fifty-four killed in violent riot in Uribana jail, west Venezuela
- UN holds Venezuelan State accountable for deaths at Uribana jail
- Six "bosses" controlled Uribana prison in Venezuela
The NGO General Coordinator, Humberto Prado, said that the number stands for a hike of 5.53% over last year, when 560 inmates died.
From July 26, 2011, the day when the establishment of the Ministry of Penitentiary Services was made formal, through January 28, 2012, a total of 1,685 people were injured and 869 were killed inside prisons.
Five out of the most violent jails are under provisional measures issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
As for the transfers following the shutdown of Uribana jail, Prado lamented that the government decision to close that prison and move the inmates to other jails will worsen overcrowding in Venezuelan prisons, from 172% to 200%.
Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela counted 58 people dead as a result of the events at Uribana jail.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.