The non-governmental organization (NGO) Venezuelan Program for Education and Action on Human Rights (PROVEA) today reported that cases of torture increased during the first nine months of 2019 compared with the previous year.
"In the first nine months of the year, 34 cases of torture were reported, and there were 554 individual victims of this crime against human rights… Most are young and poor men," reads the PROVEA report.
The figure – from January to September this year – represents a 508.25% increase in the number of victims counted compared to the 12 months of 2018, when 109 cases of tortured persons were recorded, adds PROVEA.
According to that NGO, it is the "highest documented value" in 31 years of monitoring.
"Most of the tortured people (98.55%) were men, young and poor. The age of the victims varies between 18 and 50 years," it adds in the document.
"Of the total victims registered by PROVEA between January and September, 408 (73.64%) were detained for the commission of common crimes; 124 (22.38%) were military detainees accused of conspiring against (President) Nicolás Maduro, and 22 others (3.97%) were civilians detained for political reasons or in the exercise of their right to peaceful demonstration, "the report reads.
According to PROVEA in the first nine months of 2019, 21 people "died as a result of torture by security forces. Nineteen of the reported deaths occurred in Preventive Detention Centers under the control of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) of the Scientific Research Corps. , Criminal and Criminalistics (CICPC, former Technical Judicial Police) and regional police ".
The Venezuelan state of Carabobo has the highest number of victims, with 201 people tortured (36.28%).
In second place is the state of Miranda, with 181 victims (32.67%).
Anzoátegui occupies the third place, with 101 victims (18.23%).
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