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Rosmit Mantilla released in Venezuela!

    November 18, 2016

     

    Prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, Member of Parliament, human rights activist and prisoner of conscience, Rosmit Mantilla has been released following 2 years in prison!

    Thank you to Amnesty International supporters who took action on his case!

    Rosmit send these personal words of thanks:  

    "I am a human rights activists borrowed by politics to humanize Venezuelan politics, to get some rights in the Venezuelan politcs.

    I am very thankful for all the activism voices everyone has raised for me. My commitment right now is human rights for everyone."

     

    The release of Rosmit, who was unfairly imprisoned since 2014 as punishment for his human rights work, must mark a profound shift in the government’s approach to dissent and freedom of speech. He was released after spending more than two years in pre-trial detention at the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service facilities in Caracas.

    Rosmit’s long awaited release is great news for human rights in Venezuela. He should have never been made to spend a second behind bars. The Venezuelan authorities must now build on this positive step and release all imprisoned activists and political leaders whose only ‘crime’ was to disagree with the government,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
     

    "The Venezuelan authorities must now build on this positive step and release all imprisoned activists and political leaders whose only ‘crime’ was to disagree with the government."

    -Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International

    The Venezuelan authorities must now build on this positive step and release all imprisoned activists and political leaders whose only ‘crime’ was to disagree with the government.

    Rosmit Mantilla is an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and a member of the opposition party Voluntad Popular.

    He was accused of receiving money to finance anti-government protests that took place between February and July 2014. The only evidence against him appears to be an anonymous testimony.

    Thank you to activists who have taken action on his case! Rosmit's case had been selected as part of our 2016 Write for Rights campaign

    >> Read other Amnesty International Good News stories

    >> Learn more about Rosmit - see blog "Rosmit Mantilla - detained for almost 1000 days in Venezuela"

    >> Learn more about Amnesty International's work on LGBTI Rights