Human Rights Committee condemns threats and reprisals against Venezuelan activists

03.08.2015

The Human Rights Committee has demanded that Venezuela end stigmatization of human rights defenders and do more to protect them, in its concluding observations the State’s fourth report

The Human Rights Committee has demanded that Venezuela end stigmatization of human rights defenders and do more to protect them, in its concluding observations the State’s fourth report.

The Committee - mandated with reviewing and assisting the State’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - expressed concern at reported acts of intimidation, stigmatisation, threats and attacks against human rights defenders. It demanded the State put in place measures to protect defenders and guarantee independent investigations of any crimes against them.

The Committee also condemned the high-level de-legitimisation of activists by the President of the National Assembly, as a reprisal for their interaction with the Committee. The incident was the latest in a long line of high-level defamation of human rights defenders and the Committee asked that the State take measures to avoid such acts by State officials.

‘The Human Rights Committee is the latest of several independent expert human rights bodies to speak out about the closing of safe spaces for human rights defence in Venezuela’, said ISHR’s Advocacy and Communications Manager Ben Leather. ‘The State must now respond: firstly by ceasing the defamation of human rights defenders, and secondly by taking steps to protect them and listen to their concerns’.

ISHR trained Venezuelan activists in how to interact strategically with the UN mechanisms last December. Since then, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and a group of Special Procedures have made recommendations to the State, as well as the Human Rights Committee.

For more information contact Ben Leather on +41787794859 or b.leather@ishr.ch

 

 

Category:

Region
  • Latin America and Caribbean
Topic
  • Human rights defenders
  • Reprisals and intimidation
Mechanism
  • Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
  • UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies
Country
  • Venezuela