300 detained protestors have been victims of cruel and inhumane treatment
During his visit to the state of Zulia, human rights activist Rafael Narvaez stated that out of the more than 2,000 protestors detained, 300 throughout the country received cruel treatment in detention centers and another 60 have been victims of torture during the violent protests taking place in the country since February 12th.
Narvaez explained that he obtained the figures during an investigation in different parts of the country from testimony of the victims and their family members. The attorney was dismayed by the government decision to utilize excessive force during the protests. “Just in Zulia there have been 300 people detained of which 7 remain imprisoned and 45 were treated inhumanely,” he said.
Rafael Narvaez placed emphasis on the lack of respect for the rights of the detained and that in the case of Zulia, there have been raids of private homes without warrants. The excessive force being used, he explained, is a violation of the constitution and international laws.