News 11 Mar 2016
IRCT Member Red de Apoyo warns against Venezuelan amnesty law

IRCT Member Red de Apoyo por la Justicia y Paz in Venezuela has issued a declaration warning against the Law on Amnesty and National Reconciliation. According to Red de Apoyo, the Amnesty law may result in impunity for perpetrators of a number of crimes, including human rights violations, and it will deny victims access to redress and full rehabilitation. In addition, the centre says it will be in direct breach of Article 26 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

As a human rights organisation with over 30 years of experience, Red de Apoyo promotes and defends human rights in Venezuela and provides rehabilitation to reduce the psychological, medical and social consequences for victims of political or military abuse and their families. Many of the victims assisted by Red de Apoyo come from especially vulnerable backgrounds, including some of the poorest and most excluded sectors of society.

Read the full declaration in Spanish here:

http://www.reddeapoyo.org/Articulos/Ver/Pronunciamiento+RDA+Ley+de+Amnist%C3%ADa

“Physicians are often on the frontline – the first to come across detainees who may have been tortured. In accordance with medical ethics principles, they have a clear responsibility in documenting and preventing these gross human rights violations and in the rehabilitation of victims.” - Clarisse Delorme, Advocacy Advisor at the World Medical Association and IRCT Executive Committee Member

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