Text of on-line petition for the immediate end to violence and restrictions of human rights in Venezuela

President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro Moros
Palacio de Miraflores
Final Avenida Urdaneta, Esq. De Bolero
Caracas, Distrito Capital

Dear President,

I am writing to you to express grave concern about violations of the rights of freedom in Venezuela.

In addition, I would like to express my concern for victims of the recent protests, including civilians demonstrating for and against the government and members of security forces.

Therefore, in order for Venezuela to comply with international human rights obligations, in particular with regard to ensuring the right to freedom of assembly and association, I urge you to:

Call on the authorities to send a clear and unequivocal message that respect for human rights must be at the core of the solution to this standoff and crucially, to avoid making declarations which could lead to violent confrontations between pro and anti-government groups;

Inform them that Amnesty International is also calling on opposition leaders to send a clear message to their supporters not to commit human rights abuses, and acknowledging that the state has a duty to maintain public order;

Remind the authorities that they must respect human rights, must not use excessive force, and ensure that the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly are respected;

Call for prompt and impartial investigations into all killings, allegations of excessive use of force, arbitrary detentions, and torture and ill treatment, and for those found responsible to be brought to justice.

Yours sincerely,