Report on State Represion in Venezuela. 2017


In addition, throughout 2017, Foro Penal verified that there was a systematical failure to enforce judicial orders to release prisoners, applicable procedures were not followed in the processing of such judicial release orders, in particular, on the part of the Bolivarian Intelligence Services (SEBIN) directly contravening Article 44.5 of the CRBV.

The Penal Forum was also able to confirm cases wherein people were forcibly removed from their place of employment or homes [by government security forces] without any demonstration of a crime having been committed.

Such people disappeared for days, their whereabouts unknown to family members or attorneys. Further, no information was provided to family members or their attorneys by competent authorities. Such arbitrary and unconstitutional forcible removals or disappearances are in breach of Article 45 of the CRBV.