Target: Ernesto Samper, Secretary General of The Union of South American Nations
Goal: Stop human rights abuses by Venezuelan government.
Recently, a 14-year-old protester was killed by the Bolivarian National Police during a demonstration addressing the issue of food scarcity and medicine in the country, while, in the past year, five opposition politicians have been unlawfully detained in maximum security military prisons and charged with ‘conspiracy’ and ‘association to commit crimes’ in trials that violated basic due process rights.
In the midst of political turmoil and societal unrest, the Venezuelan government has failed to protect the rights of its citizens, opting to arbitrarily detain protesters and criminally prosecute political opponents. The government has even gone so far as to abuse the rights of innocent bystanders by assuming their affiliation with oppositional governments and peaceful protests. Despite outcry from local and international human rights groups, organizations and neighboring countries’ governments, Venezuela continues to obstruct the dialogue between its citizens and its government by enforcing political tyranny and exercising apathy in regards to democracy.
The continent’s Union of South American Nations committee, designed to combat such human rights violations, has also failed miserably to protect the rights of Venezuelan’s mostly due to its indifference. Countries such as Colombia and Chile have remained silent regarding the dire human rights situation in Venezuela, as an increasing amount of opposition mayors, opposition politicians and their constituents are accused of crimes that the Venezuelan government has yet to present credible evidence for.
The Union of South American Nations needs to address these issues promptly, firstly by releasing those who have been unjustly detained, and secondly, by curbing the abuse and killings of innocent, peaceful protestors.
Sign the petition to urge Secretary General of The Union of South American Nations, Ernesto Samper, to stop ignoring the human rights violations in Venezuela and urge the Venezuelan government to stop jailing opponents and mistreating protestors.
Dear Secretary General Ernesto Samper,
I am deeply saddened and appalled to learn of Venezuela’s shocking participation in human rights violations against its citizens. Protesters as young as 14 are dying, others are callously beaten in the streets, and political opponents are being detained at alarming rates. To say that that these occurrences need to end is an understatement.
The Venezuelan government has accused political opponents of crimes with no relevant or physical evidence and has violated basic and practical due process rights. What’s worse is that the Union of South American Nations, designed to build a future of peace, economic prosperity, and cultural development within South America, has turned a blind eye to these human rights violations. Since November, upwards of 250 complaints of alleged human rights violations have been reported, with only 15 of them ever being resolved. Many of these violations remain unaccounted for, including, killings, arbitrary arrests, unlawful beatings and even torture.
I urge you to take expedient action to address these dire human rights issues and force the government of Venezuela to own up to its violations, stop torturing, killing and abusing protestors, detaining political opponents and embrace a peaceful conversation between its citizens and its government to acknowledge issues.
[Your Name Here]
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