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A political prisoner is a person that has been imprisoned because of their beliefs and political activities. A prisoner is a political prisoner when their imprisonment and sentence violate human rights and the fundamental guarantees, when the detention happens for purely political reasons, and it is not related to a crime, the person is prosecuted through clearly unjust processes, and the imprisonment seems to be willed by the government for political reasons.
The typology of political prisoners is based on the investigation the Executive Director of Foro Penal, Alfredo Romero, led in Harvard University, with the contribution and support of done Gonzalo Himiob Santomé, Director of Foro Penal.
The deprivation of freedom of specific persons during the last years in Venezuela can be framed in the three categories of political prisoners, defined in virtue of the finality of the detention.
Category 1: Those persons arrested or condemned for representing individually a political threat to the government, such as political or social leaders. In these cases, the aim of the detention is to exclude the person of the political world, to neutralize them as factors of social mobilization or politics, isolating them from the rest of the population.
Category 2: Those arrested or condemned not for representing a political individual threat for the regime, but for being a part of a social group that represents a threat to the government, which seeks to intimidate said group. In this group students, defenders of human rights, communicators, judges, military personnel, and social and political activists stand out.
Category 3: Those who the government does not consider an individual political threat or political threat through membership to a group, but instead are used by the government to sustain a campaign or a certain political narrative of power with regard to certain situations of national transcendence.
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List of Political Prisoners
Information to december 9th , 2018