Military Tribunals Being Used to Stifle Dissent in Venezuela

May 11, 2017

The situation in the socialist nation continues to deteriorate rapidly with people starving to death as the economy collapses. People have taken to the streets by the thousands to protest the actions of the government and call for change. Some have been killed by government soldiers and hundreds have been arrested.

Activists are now expressing increasing concern that many of those arrested are being placed in military prisons and tried by military tribunals, where they don’t have access to regular attorneys and are being charged with inciting rebellion and face up to 30 years in prison. Many of them are young students, and human rights activists are reporting that as many as 250 tribunals are being conducted every week.