Venezuela Profiles: Stories of the Disappeared

In Venezuela, the Bolivarian regime has increasingly used enforced disappearances as a way to silence and intimidate political opponents. We highlight three people who were disappeared, not because they were perceived as a threat but rather to punish their loved ones for their dissent.


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They are husbands and wives, daughters and sons, merchants, doctors, and medical students. Enforced disappearance—a common practice by Venezuelan government officials—aims to prevent those being arbitrarily detained from defending themselves, scaring them into submission and silence.

As we work to highlight and eradicate this practice, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Foro Penal have tracked more than 720 enforced disappearances in Venezuela