Emirlendris Benítez is a 42 year-old mother, sister and tradeswoman who in August 2018 was arbitrarily detained for what are believed to be politically motivated reasons. In custody, Emirlendris’ pregnancy was terminated without her knowledge or consent and she was subjected to torture that has left her in urgent need of medical care and requiring long-term use of a wheelchair.

In 2022, Emirlendris was sentenced to 30-years in prison by a biased and politically motivated court; an example of the Venezuelan government’s terrifying policy of repression.

Authorities falsely linked Emirlendris to acts of violence committed against high-profile political leaders in Venezuela; an accusation for which there is no evidence and which she has consistently stated that she had no part in. 

The prison conditions that Emirlendris is currently enduring are so dire that her family has to provide her with her basic needs, including water, food and medication. This is further complicated by the humanitarian emergency that is currently crippling Venezuela, as it severely limits their own access to food, medicines, and transportation.

Emirlendris should have never been detained. Nicolás Maduro’s government has continually harassed, prosecuted and censored activists and civil society organisations working to protect the rights of Venezuelans.

Please call on the Venezuelan authorities to immediately release Emirlendris, ensure she receives the medical care she urgently needs, and investigate the torture and other grave human rights violations she’s suffered. 


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Celsa Bautista Ontiveros
Minister of Penitentiary Affairs
Ministerio del Poder Popular para Asuntos Penitenciarios,
Avenida Venezuela, Edificio Platinum,
Urbanización El Rosal, Municipio Chacao,

Dear Mrs. Bautista Ontiveros,

I am deeply concerned over the deteriorating health of Emirlendris Benítez, who is currently imprisoned at the INOF centre at Los Teques, Caracas, Venezuela. Not only is Emirlendris a victim of arbitrary detention, torture, and an unfair trial, but she is now seeing her right to health repeatedly denied.

Emirlendris Benítez’s life is at risk because of the grave human rights violations she’s suffered since her arrest in August 2018, including arbitrary detention, torture, gender-based violence, discrimination, unfair trial, and inhumane detention conditions. She can’t wait any longer for penitentiary authorities to ensure she gets the treatment she urgently needs.

I call upon you to promptly grant the request filed by Emirlendris’ lawyers and to ensure she receives
immediate, adequate and trusted medical care. Emirlendris Benítez should be immediately released and the torture and other grave human rights violations she’s suffered fully investigated and punished.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]