Amnesty’s Human Rights Report on Venezuela and María Corina Machado’s nonviolent moment on #1A

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Amnesty’s Human Rights Report on Venezuela and María Corina Machado’s nonviolent moment on #1A

Venezuela’s slide into totalitarianism and the democratic resistance

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María Corina Machado, National Assembly member tear gassed #1A

April 1, 2014 in Venezuela was no joking matter. Two events on the same day demonstrated the human rights challenges facing the South American country: release of the Amnesty International report on Venezuela and María Corina Machado’s nonviolent rally to demand admittance to the National Assembly where she is a member duly elected by the Venezuelan people.

Beginning in Madrid in the late morning, Amnesty International released its report on the human rights crisis in Venezuela titled: Venezuela: Human Rights at risk amid protests and during the presentation of the report a number of tweets by the authors and researchers highlighted the situation.

“Esteban Beltrán, provides data on arrests, deaths and wounded in protests in recent weeks in Venezuela.”

“Nuria García talks about field research and emphasizes that there are victims who fear speaking in Venezuela.”

From Amnesty Spain: “We’re concerned, by among other things, threat in residential neighborhoods, using rubber bullets and the abuse of detainees. From Amnesty Spain: We have received dozens of complaints from people who have been ill-treated in detention.

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