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Letter to President Santos on arbitrary detentions and torture in Venezuela

Dear President Santos, I am writing to respectfully urge you to adopt all measures at your disposal to seek the immediate release of 61 people—including 60 Colombians and a Venezuelan citizen unduly deported back to his country from Colombia—who are currently detained in Venezuela. The cases described below, which have been documented by Human Rights Watch, include the arbitrary arrest in Venezuela of 59 Colombian nationals who were detained in August 2016 during the so-called “Operation to Liberate the People” (OLP)—a series of abusive police and military raids with the alleged purpose of combatting…

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