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CARACAS, Monday February 24, 2014 | Update
 
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Venezuelan gov't to face claims of crimes against humanity

Citizens Equity and Rights Foundation (Fundeci) works on a report on cases of cruelty and torture against Venezuelan detainees

Fundeci’s president said forensic exams on victims of vexation and punches have not been carried out yet (VICENTE CORREALE)
ALICIA DE LA ROSA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday February 24, 2014  09:58 AM
Thirty-seven young people were arrested on February 12 in Caracas during demonstrations. Most detainees were beaten and vexed by security officers. Two girls and one boy under 15 years old and "in special conditions" were arrested and held in custody for several hours.

Activist and lawyer Elenis Rodríguez, president of Citizens Equity and Rights Foundation, along with other human rights experts and lawyers, is not only legally advising detainees, but also compiling information, attestation, and pieces of evidence on cruelty and torture to be included in a report to press complaints before international organizations against the Venezuelan Government for crimes against humanity.

Rodríguez noted that detentions have been arbitrary and random. "The order is to arrest not only people peacefully demonstrating but also those near protests."

Regarding forensic exams that people suffering any human rights violation should undergo by law, Rodríguez claimed there are no reports to date, and stated that "the prosecutors are waiting until bruises are gone to carry out the exams so nothing wrong would appear."
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