Coordinators, lawyers and members of the Penal Forum of all Venezuela respond to attacks against their National Directive
We, Regional Coordinators of the Penal Forum, Coordinators of Active Defenders, Lawyers and Volunteers, offer absolute and full support to the Directive of our NGO regarding the decision of the destitution as director and member of the Penal Forum of Alonso Medina Roa, to whom we respect for his work in the defense of Human Rights.
We regret that a former member of this NGO is issuing opinions that seek to weaken our work and obscure our principles, which painfully plays into the hands of those who violate human rights.
We believe that, like any organization, the Penal Forum is governed by statutes and guidelines that must be respected, given the credibility of our organization, which has been developed over many years with the perseverance, commitment, and conviction that characterizes us.
We know that the Executive Directorate does not make ill-considered decisions and much less for personal reasons. The north of our work can not be diverted by personal or political interests.
We thank Alonso Medina Roa for his dedication in the exercise of the profession and we observe with concern his deviation from the reason why we exist as Lawyers and Defenders of Human Rights.
The directors Alfredo Romero, Gonzalo Himiob Santomé and Robiro Terán, can count on our full support, that of our team of volunteers, lawyers, and active defenders to continue in the fight and defense of Human Rights, as well as for the freedom of all political prisoners, therefore, we will not rest until #JusticeIsDone (#QueSeHagaJusticia).
Venezuela, March 1, 2018
Mariela Suárez – National Operative Coordinator
Julio Henríquez – Internacional Coordinador
Dimas Rivas – Aragua State Coordinator
Luis Armando Betancourt – Carabobo State Coordinator
Laura Valbuena – Zulia State Coordinator
Patricia Borjas – Bolívar State Coordinator
Raquel Sánchez – Táchira State Coordinator
José Armando Sosa – Monagas State Coordinator
Lucía Quintero – Barinas State Coordinator
José Reyes – Falcón State Coordinator
Abraham Cantillo – Lara State Coordinator
Fernando Cermeño – Mérida State Coordinator
Gabriel Gallo – Yaracuy State Coordinator
Alberto Iturbe – Miranda (Altos Mirandinos) State Coordinator
Adriana Nápoles – Miranda (Valles del Tuy) State Coordinator
Rossana Carreño – Anzoátegui State Coordinator
Olnar Ortiz – Amazonas State Coordinator
Néstor Gutiérrez – Cojedes State Coordinator
Pedro Arévalo – Nueva Esparta State Coordinator
José Torres Leal – Portuguesa State Coordinator
Daniel Salazar – Sucre State Coordinator
Rafael Maldonado – Trujillo State Coordinator
Wiecza Santos – Apure State Coordinator
Pedro Troconis – Lawyer
Carlos Zerpa – Lawyer
Luz Febres – Lawyer
María Fernanda Torres – Lawyer
Rachel González – Lawyer
Katiuska González – Lawyer
Mariana Ortega – Lawyer
Jesús Marcano – Active Defenders Coordinator (Caracas)
Orlando Moreno – Active Defenders Coordinator (Monagas)
Marisol Rivero – Active Defenders Coordinator (Zulia)
Diana Fernández – Active Defenders Coordinator (Mérida)
Valentina Fernández – Active Defenders Coordinator (Anzoátegui)
Silvia Barroso – Active Defenders Coordinator (Nueva Esparta)