MADRID, 12 Feb. –
The team of the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, has communicated to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) the “forced disappearance” of the uncle of Guaidó, Juan José Márquez.
The presidential commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, Humberto Prado, reported Wednesday via Twitter that “he has already communicated with the officers of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the executive secretary of the IACHR, Paulo Abrao.
Prado has explained that “in this way he requests a thorough and impartial immediate investigation of this fact” by both international organizations. However, it has also called on “the competent authorities to conduct an investigation and give immediate response to this situation.”
Márquez has accompanied Guaidó on the tour that began on January 19 and ended on Tuesday to regain the international momentum he gained a year ago by proclaiming himself “president in charge” with the stated goal of overthrowing Nicolás Maduro.
He was traveling on the plane with which Guaidó landed on Tuesday at the Maiquetía International Airport, in Caracas, in the middle of a strong security deployment and after struggles between uniformed and opposition deputies when the latter tried to reach the capital's aerodrome to receive the ” president in charge. ”
According to the National Communication Center, which serves as the press office of Guaidó, “taking advantage of the chaos at the airport caused by the violence of the dictatorship,” customs agents held Márquez “for an alleged review” while the opposition leader left Maiquetía .
“Family members reported that he contacted them and told them that they only required him to sign some papers to retire,” he said. However, “from that moment on he was not heard from again”, which is why Guaidó and his team have denounced his “forced disappearance”.
“We hold Nicolás Maduro and Franco Quintero, director of security at the Maiquetía International Airport responsible for their physical integrity. We demand their release,” said the National Communication Center.