VENEZUELAN WORLD-WIDE CONCENTRATION
STAND-UP FOR Human Rights, Justice and Separation of powers IN VENEZUELA
(insert city here)– “STAND-UP for Venezuela” is an world-wide concentration of Venezuelans living abroad to express their concern for violations of Human Rights, Justice and Separation of powers in Venezuela.
On February 12th (Youth day), students from all over the country, started pacific demonstrations protesting against the corrupt, inefficient, and incompetent rule of Nicolas Maduro's government.
Five students have been killed, 66 wounded and over 200 detained. Students want justice: “We won’t cease protests until all our comrades are free” Gaby Arellano, a leaderof the Andes University, told Reuters.
Government’s repression has been fierce: many testimonials have been published about armed pro-government militias acting with impunity and the National Guard using rubber bullet shotguns and tear gas.
Reports of government’s Human Rights and Freedom of Speech violations include attacks and intimidation of journalists; suspension of cable providers and international news channels and twitter blockage.
Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, was criminally charged without serious evidence of instigation of violence; demonstrating government’s abuse of power, as the justice system is not independent.
The director of Human Rights Watch, Jose Miguel Vivanco, expressed that the violation of human rights in Venezuela can be described as “serious” and reaffirmed that there is not an “independent political authority that can protect citizens subject to abuse”.
Human Right Foundation Chairman, Garry Kasparov, declared that: “It may seem pointless to call on Venezuela’s authoritarian government to act reasonably when for years it has used police intelligence officials, the military, pro-government militias, and the courts to consolidate power and harass, persecute, and shutdown political opponents and the independent media”.
We invite you to cover this protest and the efforts of Venezuelans to defend Human Rights, Justice and Separation of powers in Venezuela.
Date: February 19, 2014
Place: Address, your city
Time: XX – XX am/pm
For more information please contact:
StandUpVenezuela – Your city
Name, email and cell phone number