OAS condemns arbitrary detention of activist in Venezuela

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has spoken out against the unjust detention of Rocío San Miguel, a well-respected lawyer and director of the NGO Citizen Control. San Miguel has precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), making her detention even more concerning.

Almagro has condemned the ongoing repression and persecution in Venezuela, particularly targeting human rights lawyers and members of NGOs. He has demanded that protection measures be followed and that San Miguel be released immediately, along with an end to political persecution.

San Miguel was reportedly detained on February 9 at the Simón Bolívar Airport as she was attempting to leave the country. Her arrest is said to be related to conspiracy cases reported by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

In addition to San Miguel’s detention, her legal team has raised concerns about the “forced disappearance” of five relatives, including her daughter, Miranda Díaz San Miguel, and her ex-husband, Victor Díaz Paruta. Two of San Miguel’s brothers, Miguel Ángel and Alberto, have also been arrested.

Almagro has also condemned the arbitrary detention of San Miguel’s relatives and has called for their release. He has emphasized that the criminalization of human rights defenders and the violation of their rights, as well as their families’ rights, is unacceptable.

The Venezuelan Government has reported the expulsion of over 30 soldiers from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, allegedly involved in the conspiracies. The authorities claim that these conspiracies included plans for an assassination.

The situation in Venezuela is deeply concerning, with human rights defenders and their families facing unjust persecution and detention. It is crucial for international organizations and governments to take a stand against these violations and work towards ensuring the safety and freedom of those affected.

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