Crisis in Venezuela: more than 200 extrajudicial executions reported in the Caracas region in six months

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It is a work of the Gumilla Center and the Venezuelan Education-Action Program (Provea), which revealed the cases in the first half of 2020.

A study of various non-governmental organizations has documented at least 201 extrajudicial executions in Caracas and the neighboring state of Miranda in the first six months of the year.

Specifically, there would be 129 in the state of Miranda and 72 in the Capital District, according to the work of the Gumilla Center and the Venezuelan Education-Action Program (Provea) published in the magazine ‘SIC’.

In most cases, the version of the authorities is that the person had died after a confrontation with the security forces, so they appear in official statistics as “deaths due to resistance to authority”.

In the case of the Capital District, of the 72 killed by police violence, in 37 cases the relatives or neighbors of the victims reported that the people had been detained and subsequently murdered.

Victims of State Institutional Violence they are still young people. These incidents occur mainly in lower income areas, to men and between 18 and 30 years of age.

“The raids are carried out without a warrant, often at dawn, and the police officers show up with hoods, without visible identification of their names, violating the provisions of the Organic Law of the Police Service and the National Police Corps, in accordance with Article 66, “the study denounces.

Among the deceased is a detective from the Scientific, Criminal and Criminal Investigations Corps (CICPC), Ayendry Dianelys Moreno López, 29 years old and mother of two children, who died on the night of Monday, February 24 after an intervention by troops. of the Military Police. The agents gave him a loud voice and, by not complying with it, they shot at the vehicle in which he was traveling.

Emiley Milagros Carvajal accompanied Ayendry and has given a different version: the military told them that they could not circulate through Fort Tiuna and ordered them to leave the military installations. When they were leaving, they found other soldiers on duty who would not allow them to leave, so Ayendry ignored it and started his vehicle. The military responded with shots, one of which hit the back of the neck, killing him.

In another case, the deceased is 14-year-old Isaac Mata, who was flying a kite in the Coche neighborhood (Capital District) on Friday, April 17, when a CICPC commission arrived at the scene firing, according to the boy’s relatives. The officials took him away, badly wounded after being shot, and his body was later found in the Bello Monte morgue.

The authorities consider that the young man was a criminal and the boy’s family say that he had marks of having been handcuffed when the body was searched.

National and international human rights organizations have made several recommendations to improve the human rights situation in Venezuela. In particular, the intervention of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has caused clashes with the Government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Source: Europa Press

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