Albares contacts the Chavista foreign minister to inquire about the Spanish-Venezuelan activist Rocío San Miguel

Albares contacts the Chavista foreign minister to inquire about the Spanish-Venezuelan activist Rocío San Miguel

In the field of international relations, there have been numerous cases in which activists and human rights defenders have been subjected to persecution and arbitrary detentions.

One such case is that of Rocío San Miguel, a Spanish-Venezuelan activist who is currently incarcerated in Venezuela’s Helicoide prison.

In view of this worrying situation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, has decided to take action and contact the Chavista Foreign Minister, Yván Gil, to inquire about the activist’s situation.

Rocío San Miguel: a prominent human rights activist

Rocío San Miguel is a renowned human rights activist and president of the NGO Control Ciudadano para la Seguridad, la Defensa y la Fuerza Armada Nacional in Venezuela. Her tireless work in defense of citizens’ rights and her courageous denunciation of human rights violations perpetrated by the Chavista regime have made her a relevant figure in Venezuelan civil society.

Arrest of Rocío San Miguel and the accusations against her

Unfortunately, Rocío San Miguel is currently detained in the Helicoide prison, one of the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), the political police of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.

This prominent activist is accused of terrorism, treason and conspiracy, unfounded charges that seek to silence her voice and delegitimize her important work in the defense of human rights.

José Manuel Albares’ Concern

Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, has expressed his concern about the situation of Rocío San Miguel and has decided to take steps to intercede on her behalf. In a telephone conversation with Chavista Foreign Minister Yván Gil, Albares expressed his interest in the situation of the Spanish-Venezuelan activist and requested precise information on her detention and the accusations against her.

Closure of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Venezuela

Another aspect of concern to Minister Albares is the closure of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Venezuela, which has been closed by the Bolivarian government in retaliation for demanding the release of Rocío San Miguel. This office, in charge of ensuring respect for human rights in the country, has been closed and the 13 UN officials who were part of it are leaving the oil-producing country.

Protest called by organizations and activists

In view of this worrying situation, several groups and activists of the Venezuelan civil society have called a protest for next Tuesday in front of the Spanish Embassy in Caracas. With this mobilization, they seek to make visible the situation of Rocío San Miguel and demand her immediate release.

Meeting between the Spanish Consul and Miranda San Miguel

At the same time, the Spanish consul in Caracas has held a meeting with Miranda San Miguel, Rocío’s daughter, who was also missing for several days. Miranda, who also has Spanish nationality, is under precautionary measures that prevent her from returning to Madrid, her usual place of residence. The young woman graduated last year with a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and has been a strong advocate for human rights.

Conclusions

Rocio San Miguel’s situation is a clear example of the difficulties faced by human rights defenders in Venezuela. Her arbitrary detention and the unfounded accusations against her are a reflection of the climate of repression and persecution in the country.

Given this worrying situation, it is encouraging to see how Minister José Manuel Albares has decided to take action to intercede on behalf of the activist and demand her release. The mobilization called by organizations and activists is a show of solidarity and support for Rocío San Miguel, who continues to be a courageous voice in the struggle for human rights in Venezuela.

It is essential that the international community closely follow this case and demand respect for the fundamental rights of all citizens, regardless of their nationality or political convictions.