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Marcelo Crovato, Jailed for Defending Human Rights, Gets House Arrest

After ten months behind bars, laywer Marcelo Crovato was released yesterday from the notoriously violent Yare III Prison. He’s been put under house arrest by the order of a local court. Crovato was arrested back in April while defending Chacao residents whose houses were raided by the authorities. His personal situation worsened as his trial was delayed. He could hardly…

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Sanctions are go!

One day after the historic reboot of U.S.-Cuba relations, Barack Obama has signed into law what will officially be known as the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 (and unofficially as the Rubio-Menendez Act), which sanctions specific members of the Venezuelan government involved in human rights abuses in response the protests early this year. Looks…

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Uribana Crisis Update

The latest official number of inmates killed by intoxication (combination of drugs and alcohol) earlier this week in Uribana Prison has reached 35, with another 20 in critical condition. But even if the state insists with pushing its version of the story, putting the blame on the inmates themselves, the Public Ministry formally asked for…