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Political Prisoners in Venezuela
Newsletter Nº 187
Marzo 7, 2019

US Journalist Detained by Venezuelan Officers, Then Freed

March 6, 2019 

A U.S. journalist was seized by security forces at his apartment Wednesday amid Venezuela's escalating political turmoil, then was freed several hours later and deported, executives at his Miami-based TV station and union representatives said.

Cody Weddle was taken to the airport outside Caracas for a flight back to the United States, said ABC affiliate Local 10 News, a station he sent dispatches as a freelance correspondent. Venezuela's National Union of Press Workers said on Twitter that he had been deported.

It wasn't clear why he was detained. Government officials did not comment on the case. Read more

Venezuela’s U.S.-Recognized Envoy Insists Democracy Will Triumph Over Dictatorship

February 26, 2019 

On Feb. 23, the opposition tried to send a humanitarian aid convoy across the Venezuelan border despite President Nicolás Maduro’s blockade, sparking clashes between protesters and pro-Maduro forces that led to four deaths on the Venezuelan-Brazilian border and hundreds of injuries on the Colombian side.

While a few aid deliveries broke though and some members of the security forces switched sides, the majority did not and Maduro remained defiant, severing relations with Colombia.

All of Venezuela’s borders — with Colombia, Brazil and three Caribbean islands — are now effectively sealed off. It remains to be seen if Interim President Juan Guaidó, whom Maduro called a “puppet of imperialism,” will be allowed back into the country. Read more

Women Leading Nonviolent Movements


Women have often been the invisible actors in history—sidelined from formal political and social spaces—but creating their own spaces for change through engaging in nonviolent resistance. Research shows that movements with active women’s participation are more likely to maintain nonviolent discipline and achieve their goals. From fighting for human rights in Venezuela to protesting unconstitutional amendments in Uganda, women leaders of nonviolent movements have proven to be key actors for peace.
Women’s leadership in nonviolent movements creates opportunities for new and diverse tactics and often ensures a diversity of participation, increasing a movement’s power. But, women also face specific challenges, such as balancing their activism with their roles at home and the workplace, their vulnerability to sexual abuse, and challenging perceptions of powerlessness.  Read more

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
U.S. Institute of Peace 
2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

Juan Guaidó returns to Venezuela, addresses thousands at anti-government rally

March 4, 2019 

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó made a triumphant return to Venezuela on Monday after a 10-day absence, injecting fresh energy into the U.S.-backed campaign to push out authoritarian President Nicolás Maduro. 

Guaidó arrived shortly after noon to wild cheers from supporters gathered at Caracas’s Maiquetia “Simón Bolívar” International Airport. “Guaidó! Guaidó” they screamed. “Yes we can!”

“We are here, Venezuela,” the 35-year-old declared, beaming and waving as he was encircled by television cameras. “We are strong. We are moving forward!”

Guaidó supporters had feared he might be arrested on arrival. The opposition leader, who has been recognized as interim president by the United States and more than 50 other countries, had defied a court order when he crossed the border Feb. 22 to lead an effort to bring truckloads of humanitarian aid into the country. Read more

Arbitrary Detentions since January 1th, 2014

892 political prisoners 
Source: Foro Penal
March 6, 2019
Tortured and Raped for Protesting Against Maduro

February 27, 2019 

“This case is unique and unprecedented in the nation, due to the pattern of violations, the sexual element, the coverup and the criminal liabilities of the officers and their superiors.”

On July 20th, 2017, I thought I had seen evil. While this crime was happening, I was probably checking my Twitter account, full of images of the crackdown on citizens who had been protesting all over Venezuela since April that year. Maybe I was in a march, confronting fear and tear gas, or sitting at home, listening to the roar of chavista colectivos on their bikes.

I was way safer than the 20-year-old man who was detained by the National Police on his way to a protest, and taken to a makeshift prison in a facility of public electric company CORPOELEC in Maracaibo. He was beaten and sexually tortured by at least 10 officers and taken to a military court five days later, blatantly violating due process because, first, he’s a civilian and, second, the law establishes a maximum of 48 hours between an arrest and a preliminary hearing. Read more

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Coordinator: Zulmaire González

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