Human rights and pro-democracy groups are calling for the immediate cessation of all unwarranted harassment and legal action against leading human rights defender Rodrigo Diamanti by the Government of Venezuela.
Diamanti has been summoned by the Venezuelan Attorney General to appear on September 25, some four months after his arrest and detention in May. It is likely that unsubstantiated criminal charges will once again be brought against him. Rodrigo has been prohibited from leaving Venezuela since his detention in May.
He founded the non-governmental organization Un Mundo Sin Mordaza (A World Without Censorship) to promote human rights with art and education, and is internationally renowned for using innovative methods to mobilize thousands of Venezuelans, particularly youth, in favor of peaceful democratic change in the country.
On May 7, Diamanti was arrested at Maiquetía International Airport and detained for two days by the Bolivarian Service of National Intelligence (SEBIN). The World Movement joined with the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (Redlad) in condemning that arbitrary detention by the security forces in an alert issued on May 8. The statement demanded that the Government of Venezuela restore the dignity of Venezuelan citizens by immediately respecting their rights to freedom of speech, association, and peaceful assembly as articulated in the Inter-American Democratic Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The World Movement is closely monitoring, and will speak out against, the unjustified actions of the Venezuelan Government against peaceful civil society organizations and their leaders, such as Diamanti.