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ATTORNEY URGENT  ALERT

 

VENEZUELA

 27 May 2010 

 

Ongoing harassment and intimidation

against

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Humberto Prado Sifontes,

lawyer and Director of the Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones – OVP (Venezuelan Prisons Observatory)

Recent visits by unknown individuals to his home residence.

 

Source : Front Line

 

 

 

Humberto Prado Sifontes, lawyer and Director of the Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones – OVP (Venezuelan Prisons Observatory), is experiencing ongoing harassment and intimidation with recent visits by unknown individuals to his home residence.

The OVP documents cases of violations against, and promotes the rights of, persons in detention in Venezuela. In 2009 Dr Humberto Prado Sifontes was the winner of the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela's first human rights award, and in 2004 he was elected an Ashoka Fellow.

On 27 May 2010, at approximately 07:30, Dr Humberto Prado Sifontes was approached by the Concierge of his residence building, as he was accompanying his young son to school, and informed that a few minutes previously seven men on motorcycles had arrived at the building and one of them had come forward and asked whether the 'Director of Prisons' lived in the building. The Concierge informed the men that she is not the regular concierge for the building but that no director of prisons lived there. The man then asked for confirmation that it was indeed the 'Real' building before making a phone call. As he made the phone call the other six men on motorcycles approached the building from where they had been stationed. The individuals did not identify themselves and all were dressed in black jackets, black gloves, black helmets and dark lenses.

It should be noted that the Director of Prisons does not live in the building, however Dr Humberto Prado Sifontes is the Director of the Prisons Observatory and the name of his building is 'Real'. The incident took place one week after the human rights defender accompanied a peaceful demonstration before the Supreme Tribunal in which families of people deprived of liberty called for an end to serious delays in judicial procedures and the violent situations faced by inmates in Venezuela's prisons.

On 28 May 2010 the human rights defender reported the incident to the Public Defender's Office requesting a formal investigation into this matter. Dr Humberto Prado Sifontes has been facing threats, harassment and intimidation since 2006 as a result of his work. On 24 November 2009 he was granted precautionary security measures by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.

 

 

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