The death of the military Rafael Acosta Arévalo, when he was in the custody of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, originated this Tuesday in Venezuela new calls to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, whom various sectors ask him to advocate by the so-called "political prisoners".
The Venezuelan Parliament, with an opposition majority, asked the delegation that Bachelet left installed in Caracas to verify the conditions of detention and the state of health of those considered "political prisoners" of the country.
During a debate at the ordinary session on Tuesday, the deputies condemned the death of the soldier, who was investigated for his alleged participation in the orchestration of a coup d'état that included the assassination of the main figures of Chavez, who has governed since 1999.
The opposition majority of the Legislative also requested that access be granted to family members and defense lawyers of the detainees.
The members of Parliament agreed with Bachelet in the request for an independent and impartial investigation into the death and the alleged torture that the captain had suffered during his detention in the Military Counterintelligence Directorate (Dgcim) since last June 21.
In the agreement approved on Tuesday, Parliament called for the "implementation of the Istanbul Protocol", a manual for the effective investigation and documentation of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment, as it considers that "citizens detained" in the Dgcim "have been victims of torture".
Likewise, the opposition deputies approved to request an "on-site" visit from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for the repeated "violation" of these fundamental guarantees, and for it to be verified "by the panel of independent experts appointed by the Organization of American States. American people".
The death of the corvette captain has unleashed denunciations of political parties and non-governmental organizations, as well as the international community, against the Maduro government that on Saturday asked for an investigation into what happened to the military.
In Spain, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, told the Venezuelan ambassador in Madrid, Mario Isea, the rejection of Spain for the military death and urged the authorities to launch "an independent investigation."
According to a statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Borrell demanded that Isea "the circumstances of the death of the captain be the subject of an independent, expeditious and rigorous investigation" in order that "all those responsible for his death, without exclusion, are subject to the action of justice. "
In Washington, James Story, who until March was the charge d'affaires of the US Embassy. in Caracas, he considered that the death of the military is "the greatest evidence" that Chavez will continue to "kill his people" and "lying to the world."
"Everyone involved in the chain is responsible for what happened to the corvette captain," said Story, who stressed that "the world must demand that the illegitimate regime be held accountable for this tragedy."
This Tuesday, for the second consecutive day, the placement of floral offerings in memory of Acosta Arévalo was prevented in the administrative headquarters of the Navy (naval), located in Caracas, and the officials dispersed the score of demonstrators who came.
The leader of the Parliament and recognized as president in charge by more than 50 countries, Juan Guaidó, signed a decree that ascends post mortem to frigate captain Acosta Arévalo.
In addition, in the seat of the Parliament, Guaidó revealed that no new meetings are scheduled for the dialogue between Chavez and the opposition and said that "when there is a new opportunity that favors the process of the cessation of the usurpation -of President Maduro-, the Government of transition and free elections, "will let you know.
The opposition leader reiterated that a new meeting, such as the one held in Oslo (Norway), will depend on the progress made to reach the objectives that were raised in January when he swore to take over the Executive when he considered Maduro to usurp the Presidency.
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