CARACAS, Wednesday October 08, 2014 | Update

UN urges Venezuela to release dissenter leader Leopoldo López

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) described as illegal the actions of the Venezuelan authorities in the proceedings against the political opposition leader for the events of February 12

The UN believes López has been sent to prison "on grounds of political affiliation and opinions"
Wednesday October 08, 2014  04:50 PM
The United Nations urged Venezuelan authorities to release immediately Leopoldo López, an opposition leader and founder of opposition party Voluntad Popular, who was arrested on February 18. The UN reckons that López is victim of an "arbitrary detention."

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a resolution on this matter last September, and it was disclosed by López's party on Wednesday.

The international organization questioned the fact that the Venezuelan Attorney General's Office seeks to hold the opposition leader accountable for all the street violence occurred since February 12, following his call to protest against the Venezuelan government. The UN argues that neither the Attorney General's Office nor the government "clearly states what phrases in his speech could have motivated those serious incidents or incited their perpetration."

Additionally, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention believes that López has been sent to the Ramo Verde military prison "on grounds of political affiliation and opinions." The working group also labeled as illegal the fact that López is kept isolated and the hurdles his lawyers have face to get in touch with him.

Translated by Andreína Trujillo