CARACAS, Monday April 22, 2013 | Update

NGO complains about "serious" attacks on detainees for political reasons

Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum) has produced evidence of 195 events of detentions with "serious" human rights abuses against minors or young people between 18 and 21 years old

Monday April 22, 2013  04:19 PM
NGO Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum) has collected documentary evidence to file a complaint at national and international bodies for "serious and systematic" violations of due process and human rights abuses against minors and young people who were captured the days after April 14, for exercising their right to protest, reported on Monday Alfredo Romero, the NGO director.

According to Romero, there were attacks and torture, including degrading treatment –an unprecedented action in the country- and pellets at point-blank range on key sites, such as face and arms.

Romero said that, in all these cases, the authorities resorted to force, not as a deterrent, but for systematic, deliberate onslaught on the youngsters.

Interestingly, according to Romero, security bodies acted in the same way throughout the country.

Thus far, there is news about the detention of 195 people.

"Sure enough, we need to take all these cases to international bodies. The boys were treated like prisoners of war or even worse, because the protocols concerning treatment of prisoners of war were not observed. Reference is made to serious ill-treatment. Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court could apply."
The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."