If a detainee in the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo misses a meal, we hear about it, but where are they when it comes to reporting Human Rights violations in Venezuela? The same as for Cuba, missing.
More than 200 inmates at the Aragua Penitentiary Center in Venezuela began a hunger strike.
Caracas, Jun 9 (EFE).- More than 200 inmates at the Aragua Penitentiary Center in central Venezuela began a hunger strike to protest being kept behind bars “as much as two or three years” waiting for their trials to begin.
Local media said Saturday that the hunger strike began at midnight Thursday in the jail located some 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of the Venezuelan capital.
El Universal places the number of striking prisoners at 230 and reports that family members are assembled outside the prison in support of their demands. Venezuela’s prisons are notorious for their out of control violence and their disregard for the inmates Human Rights.
There’s more on the hunger strike at El Universal and for more information on Human Rights violations in Venezuela, including arbritary arrests, lack of due process, and torture click here.
Amnesty International on Venezuela’s judicial system:
“…While the systemic ineffectiveness of the judicial system pre-dates the present administration – denying access to justice to large sections of the population – the increasing lack of impartiality in the functioning of key security and judicial institutions, such as the military, police, DISIP, CICPC, Attorney General’s Office, Judiciary and Defensoría de Pueblo, is further undermining the rule of law. Unless and until these institutions begin to fulfil their constitutional roles both effectively and impartially, then human rights and the rule of law will remain at risk.