In November 2022, the International Criminal Court (ICC) invited victims and their representatives to submit their opinions and observations regarding the petition made by the Prosecutor’s Office to the judges conducted by the Prosecutor, Karim Khan, requesting an authorization for resuming the Venezuela I investigation. The term for submitting said opinions expires on March 7th, 2023.
In this sense, the Court has informed that it has been receiving such opinions, which is very important, since this increases the possibilities of the judges’ authorization to continue investigating the crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated in Venezuela.
The investigation must move forward, due to the fact that not only Venezuelan authorities aren’t willing to investigate the liable parties in their different levels, but also arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions and torture, including homicides, keep happening. An example of this is the death by torture of the Criminal and Scientific Bureau of Investigation officer, Juan Pantoja, in the State of Apure, on July 10th, 2022, after severe tortures perpetrated by members of the Military Counterintelligence General Directorate .
In the context of the current crisis in Venezuela, human rights organizations maintain a continuous effort to record and document the systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the population in order to accompany the victims and give visibility to these violations before the national and international community.
In this sense, the Crisis in Venezuela bulletin emerges as a weekly space in which, as a human rights movement, we bring together the situations that currently reflect the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is going through.Boletin-268-Crisis-En-Venezuela-EN-B