Political Prisoner Francisco Usón – What Can You Do?
You can take action in several ways:
1) Express yourself. Write to Venezuelan authorities:
-Relay your concerns to the relevant authorities in Venezuela.
-Ask for a response to your concerns within a reasonable amount of time
-Express your profound concern over the facts of the case and the numerous violations of rights:
- Franciso Usón was imprisoned for slander. A prison sentence for an act of verbal expression is a violation of elemental principles of freedom of speech. It is also a violation of international treaties signed by Venezuela. The statements made by Usón were opinions protected by freedom of expression.
-Usón’s right to be free of arbitrary detainment, to speak freely, and to equal treatment and due process under the law – all denied.
-Usón was tried by a military court and is held in a military prison. He is a civilian. This treatment violates international treaties signed by Venezuela.
-Call for a full and impartial investigation into the medical error that almost cost Usón’s life while at the Carlos Arvelo military hospital
-Request that Usón be released from Ramo Verde prison
-Usón is demonstrably innocent of the charges
2) Raise awareness about the human rights situation in Venezuela
Tell your friends about Franciso Usón. E-mail this page and request that they spread the word.
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Write to Venezuelan Authorities:
President Hugo Chávez
Palacio de Miraflores
Bernardo Álvarez Herrera
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
1099 30th St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Ambassador Francisco Arias Cárdenas
Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
335 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax. (212) 557 3528
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