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Rubén González is a current Prisoner of Conscience case for the Worcester Group of Amnesty International. He is a native of Venezuela and a trade unionist. His case is summarised below. Rubén featured in an Urgent Action in early 2020 - please refer to the reference on the UK Section website.

Rubén González
Prisoner of Conscience

Photograph of Rubén González

The arbitrary detention, criminalisation and unfair conviction of Rubén González occurred within the context of widespread arbitrary detentions made against people critical of the government or claiming their human rights.

Venezuelan authorities have implemented a systematic and widespread policy of repression; including carrying out politically motivated arbitrary detentions, targeted extrajudicial executions, and using military courts to charge non-military with discretionary crimes, such as treason or rebellion, towards those who are seen as critical of the government. Human rights defenders and individuals who seek justice for human rights violations have been subjected to targeted attacks and smear campaigns, in an apparent attempt to stifle their human rights work.

In the case of Rubén González, his sustained defence of the labour rights of the state-owned company Ferrominera del Orinoco stands out; including actions on collective bargaining. Moreover, his participation in demonstrations critical to the labour policies of the governments of Hugo Chávez Frías and Nicolás Maduro also put him at risk of being victim of the government?s policy of repression.

Rubén González is a trade unionist, who has been arbitrarily detained and subjected to unfair trials on several occasions. In November 2018, he was arbitrarily arrested by the General Directorate of Military Counter- Intelligence (DGCIM) on allegations of having attacked a military officer who tried to arrest him violently. Although he has been condemned, the trial was conducted by a military court, denying his right to a due process. Moreover, there is no reliable evidence of his criminal responsibility. His detention and trial are unfair and therefore he must be released immediately.

So What Can We Do To Help?

A simple letter writing action is a good start:
Write to Nicolas Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela via the Venezuelan ambassador in London:

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Rocío Del Valle Meneiro González
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,
1 Cromwell Road,

Make some simple statements and ask for his unconditional release:-

Please release Rubén González. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.
The Worcester Group of Amnesty International is one of several local groups working on this case. Numbers count! Please join this campaign to free this very deserving person from an unjustified imprisonment.
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