With the mission to promote the dialogue about citizen empowerment as a powerful tool for the socioeconomic transformation of Latin America, Humanitas360 supported the public hearing for the Commission of Human Rights, guided by state representative Carlos Bezerra Jr., in the Legislative Assembly of the state of São Paulo on May 17th. The session counted with the participation of human rights activist, Lilian Tintori, and Maria Laura Canineu from Human Rights Watch.
“We want to increase the debate about human rights, bringing it closer to Latin American citizens. Assuring human rights is fundamental to have a democratic process and strong citizen participation,” said Piero Bonadeo, vice president of Humanitas360.
The audience dealt with the theme of human rights in Venezuela and the reality in which its people are living. Acknowledging the relevance of this topic, the commission invited the Venezuelan Lilian Tintori to discuss the crisis of Human Rights in her country. Tintori denounced the grave violence of Human Rights in Venezuela, in particular of civic and political rights, such as the arbitrary detention of critics, including Leopoldo López, by the government of Venezuela. She also asked for the support of the Commission of Human Rights for the unrestricted and immediate release of the arbitrarily detained people in the country, with orientation from various organizations and international systems of protection of human rights.
“The liberation of Leopoldo López treats directly with liberty in Venezuela. All of our fight, the efforts of my family, is so that all the rights are for all the people,” commented Tintori, wife of Leopoldo López, and one of the most outspoken voices of rights of political prisoners in her country.
Maria Laura Canineu presented a recent study done by Human Rights Watch about the current state of Venezuela (Unchecked Power: Police and Military Raids in Low- Income and Immigrant Communities in Venezuela (https://goo.gl/HR0sGR), about the violence which vulnerable communities in Venezuela are facing in the hands of security forces. The material positions the theme of human rights as one of the most urgent in the country.
“We have documented in the last decade how the Venezuelan government has practiced powers practically unlimited against its critics and opponents, imprisoning politicians and repressing pacific protests,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director of the American division of Human Rights Watch. “In our last report we showed how Venezuelans of all spectrums of ideology, including people in communities where there was strong support for the government, are completely defenseless against abuses of power.”