UN human rights chief urged to visit Venezuela
Lilian Tintori (r), the wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, leads a demonstration with relatives of Venezuelan "political prisoners" at the United Nations offices in Caracas on Oct. 11, 2018. EFE-EPA
Lilian Tintori (c), the wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, leads a demonstration with relatives of Venezuelan "political prisoners" at the United Nations offices in Caracas on Oct. 11, 2018. EFE-EPA
Caracas, Oct 11 (efe-epa).- Friends and family of Venezuelan "political prisoners" on Thursday urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit the country to verify the conditions that incarcerated opponents to the Maduro regime are in.
"We are all relatives of political prisoners and we are demanding that the UN send the high commissioner for human rights to Venezuela," Lilian Tintori, the wife of imprisoned social leader Leopoldo Lopez, told reporters.
Tintori, who put up posters displaying the names of the prisoners on the walls of the UN office, said that the request comes due to fears that the life of their relatives may be in danger.
She also brought attention to city councilor Fernando Alban's death after falling from the 10th floor of the country's intelligence service headquarters.
Authorities said that Alban committed suicide, but the opposition claim that he was murdered.
According to the Venezuelan opposition, there are as many as 400 "political prisoners, 160 of whom are soldiers.