Venezuela currently has a total of 402 political prisoners, including four minors, according to Foro Penal, a local NGO dedicated to monitoring prison population in the Caribbean.
Up until May 18, the Criminal Forum reviewed the existence of 402 people detained for political reasons, divided into 376 men and 26 women, 275 civilians and 127 military personnel, and 398 adults and four adolescents.
The director of the NGO, Alfredo Romero, has denounced that the number of political prisoners in Venezuela “is increasing” even though Nicolás Maduro’s government has released five in the past few weeks. Then the criminal forum already warned of the revolving door effect, through which the arrests exceed the releases.
The country’s self-proclaimed “responsible president”, Juan Guaidó, has called on Maduro to release all political prisoners, particularly those related to the coronavirus pandemic.