Venezuelan NGO denounces the existence of 240 political prisoners in the country

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Dictator Nicolás Maduro’s regime keeps “hundreds” of prisoners for political reasons, NGO denounces | Photo: EFE/ Miguel Gutiérrez

)The Venezuelan NGO Foro Penal denounced this Wednesday (13) the existence of 240 people – 13 civilians and 130 military – detained in the country, considered political prisoners. They are 130 men and women, and the list includes a minor. “Since 2014, have been registered 14.480 political prisons in Venezuela,” the NGO said, adding that, to date, more than 9,000 people are still subject, “arbitrarily”, to measures restricting their freedom.

On Tuesday (12), the United States Department of State denounced, in its annual report on human rights, that the government of Nicolás Maduro holds “hundreds” of prisoners for political reasons, many of them in “critical” conditions.

In the document, related to 2021, the US highlighted that the Venezuelan government “allowed the participation of some opposition candidates” in the November regional elections, but “there were no conditions for free and fair elections”. Furthermore, the negotiations between the government and the opposition, which took place in Mexico between August and September, allowed the return of some “exiled figures” to the country.

“Despite these changes, the Maduro regime continued to hold hundreds of people in prison for political reasons and prevented hundreds of opposition candidates from exercise all their rights to compete”, criticized the report.

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