The Venezuelan NGO Justicia, Encuentro y Perdón affirmed this Saturday that it is “urgent” to review the situation of the country’s “political prisoners” due to the “lack” of food, basic services and medical care.
“Let us not forget the 305 political prisoners in Venezuela and their families. It is urgent to review and consider your situation. His life and integrity are in danger due to the lack of food, basic services and medical care,” the NGO said on its Twitter account.
Likewise, it maintained that “political prison” transcends prison facilities because it also “humiliates and subjects the victims’ relatives to prison. Let’s not leave them alone and let’s continue demanding the freedom of all political prisoners.”
“The approach of overcoming the crisis from a matrix of normalization of the country’s situation, only means a lot of paper that has been placed on top of the list of political prisoners and their families, who also suffer from political prison,” he added. the organization.
The NGO Fundaredes warned on Wednesday of the deteriorating health of its director, Javier Tarazona, arrested on July 2, 2021 after being accused of terrorism, incitement to hatred and treason against the country.
Tarazona was captured along with his brother Rafael Tarazona and the lawyer Omar de Dios García in the state of Falcón, when they went to the prosecutor’s office in the town of Coro to report that they were being harassed and persecuted by police officers and agents. of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin), according to the NGO.
However, Rafael Tarazona and García were released on October 26, under the presentation regime.
The freedom of Tarazona, considered the main voice of denunciation in the conflict unleashed last year in Apure state, bordering Colombia, between the Armed Forces and FARC dissidents, was repeatedly requested by various organizations.
The worsening of health conditions due to lack of food does not only affect political prisoners. At least 3,200 children under the age of five were diagnosed with acute malnutrition in Venezuela in the first four months of the year, according to the most recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), released this Monday.
“As of April 2022, 3,200 children under 5 years of age were diagnosed by partners with water malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency and were given treatment,” says the report, which does not explain how much this number represents compared to the number of children analyzed. .
In the first quarter of the year, the report continues, the United Nations partners that provide nutrition care in the country reached 128,357 people, including 64,500 children under five years of age.