RWCHR File Appeal with UN on Behalf of Ígbert José Marín Chaparro

RWCHR file urgent appeal with UN on behalf of Ígbert José Marín Chaparro.

On July 16, 2019, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR) filed an urgent appeal to the UN on behalf of Venezuelan political prisoner Ígbert José Marín Chaparro.

The urgent appeal was communicated to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance and Special Rapporteur on Torture.

The urgent action procedures allow the UN to take measures to ensure that the Venezuelan government ends and rectifies ongoing human rights violations. These procedures are often used in time-sensitive situations or other exceptional circumstances.

The RWCHR filed the urgent appeal on behalf of Ígbert José Marín Chaparro to urge Venezuelan authorities to address his ongoing torture and arbitrary detention in inhumane conditions, and to give his family access to see him. From April 28, 2019 to the time of filing, Chaparro's family was denied access to visit and given no new information regarding his fate or whereabouts. Among other abuses, Chapparo has been held in "a two by two meter cell ... with six other prisoners, without access to light or a bathroom, and forced to eat and sleep on the floor and defecate in bags, which were kept in the same room."

Chaparro has been detained in cruel conditions and subjected to prolonged isolation since March 2, 2018 and has yet to stand trial. He and 6 other military personnel were detained after expressing concern over the Venezuelan crisis and situation more broadly. Shortly thereafter they were interrogated, tortured and held in solitary confinement.

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