The Declaration Of Human Rights

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When a lot of people are murdered, kidnapped, robbed or imprisoned, it is very easy to point fingers when citizens are asked why their lives are the way they are. In Venezuela, all of these things happen, and everyone has the same answer when they are asked that question: “Thanks to the government”. According to a Washington Post article published in 2009, there are about 40 political prisoners in Venezuela. These prisoners vary from students who protested in marches to mid-aged men who criticized the government of Hugo Chavez. But they all have one thing in common, they wanted a change. They spoke their opinions, and were punished for it. Physically punished. According to a Reuters article “The Committee Against Torture said complaints included reports of beatings, burnings and electric shocks in efforts to obtain confessions”. In Venezuela, there are many different violations of the 30 articles addressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But I will specifically address Article 3: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. And Article 9: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”. I will address the unfair imprisonment of Leopoldo Lopez, a candidate for president who went to jail for “disrupting the peace” and the unfair imprisonment of my friend Marco Coello, who was put in jail and was tortured for
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