On Tuesday, a group comprised by 9 human rights NGOs released their own figures. Something that the central bank (BCV) has not done with data on inflation and scarcity for two months now.
These figures are quite shocking given its gravity. They show that the Government is openly and flagrantly violating human rights of citizens, and does it with total impunity and support from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ombudsman Office as well as the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ).
These NGOs say that Nicolás Maduro has repressed 485% more than his predecessor, while inflation may exceed 70% by the end of this year.
The same day this report was released, the Government applied some crushing pressure on Televen, a privately-run TV station, to take the late night talk show hosted by comic Luis Chataing off the air, thus demonstrating once again its intolerance and that a good sense of humor and intelligence are not the strongest points of the administration of Maduro. With this move, the chavo-madurista censorship has scored itself another silenced voice.
Going back to the report on human rights, it highlights that the number of detainees this year is the highest recorded over the last 25 years. A number that is equivalent to 30% of the people detained between 1989 and 2013.
The balance shows 3,127 arbitrary arrests. Of them, 2,463 citizens were subject to reporting regimes before courts, which, combined with the 2,400 already existing cases, gives a total of 4,863 people subject to reporting regimes for having participated in a demonstration. So Maduro is a flexible man? At least that’s what Temir Porras, the former Presidential Commissioner for Strategic Affairs of the Government, says about him. But some 157 cases of torture and ill-treatment say otherwise.
However, Ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez was given a vote of confidence and everybody expects that those involved will be punished. The problem is that these kinds of cases are usually solved at the speed of a crippled turtle in this country.
Also were registered systematic attacks against private homes in 14 states, which can give us an idea on the magnitude of the protests. A small detail we would like to highlight is the rampage against the demonstrations by paramilitary groups sponsored and protected by the Government, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ombudsman Office and the courts.
Such groups have participated in 61% of the attacks on private homes “in coordination and under the care of military and police officers,” while these were involved in all the attacks registered in Bolivar and Lara states.
We know that no one in the Maduro government is going to take responsibility for these violations to human rights, but we remind them that crimes of this type are not time-barred. Justice, however delayed, will be served.