Target: Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz
Goal: Thank Venezuelan authorities for investigating deaths and other human rights abuse
A recent petition demanded an investigation into the deaths of protesters during a demonstration, and the Venezuelan government has complied. The attorney general claims that 60 cases of human rights abuse is being investigated and 15 officials have been imprisoned in connection with the violence.
It’s estimated that the unrest killed 31 people, and injured at least 450 people. Included in the number dead were 3 security forces. However, while justice has prevailed there is still animosity between citizens and the government forces. Attorney general Ortega admits that there was an excess of police force used on civilians. Ortega and the Venezuelan government are also blaming international forces for the protest, even blaming the United States, but the attorney general office would punish those who were involved.
Protests began in February 2014, when students began demonstrating over the economy, resource shortages, and other various hardships. The movement swiftly caught on and citizens began demonstrating and demanding that the current president step down. Opposition and pro-government forces began fighting, resulting in deaths from both sides. The tension still remains despite these investigations.
While it is true that Venezuela’s attorney general has opened investigations, it is still crucial that these investigations remain impartial and unbiased. The government can incite violence if those who are punished encounter unfair trials or are without lawyers to defend them. It is rare that a country in turmoil will open an investigation into human rights abuse, and this commendable act should be thanked by signing the petition below.
Dear Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz,
It has come to my attention that your office has opened investigations into the deaths and other human rights abuse committed in your country, specifically the ones that took place during protests. I am grateful you admitted to the excessive amount of police force used upon the citizens, as some countries have been known to ignore it. With this statement in mind, security forces should think twice about harming civilians.
I know it is difficult to investigate human rights abuse when the country is in turmoil, so I wish to thank you for your commitment. I also want to ensure that these investigations are done impartially and that all who are being prosecuted have a chance to argue their case. If fair trials aren’t being conducted, it will spark more violence and distrust towards the government. Please continue seeking those who killed or harmed other human beings, and ensure they are punished.
[Your Name Here]
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