I am concerned about the continuing use of arbitrary detentions, torture, disappearances, and other human rights violations in Venezuela, particularly as your government uses the COVID-19 pandemic to further abuse its power.
After being arbitrarily detained on 2 April 2020 by DGCIM officials, Maury Carrero was indicted with crimes under counterterrorism legislation on 19 May. Since she’s been in custody, Maury Carrero’s family and lawyers have repeatedly been denied access to and communication with her. Incommunicado detention for prolonged periods of time can amount to torture under human rights law.
I demand the release of Maury Carrero during the duration of her trial, respecting all due process guarantees. Until then, I demand that authorities uphold Maury Carrero’s personal integrity, as well as give immediate and adequate access to her lawyers and family.