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Date of Incident: January 27, 2023

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Institution(s):Metropolitan University

Region & Country:Americas | Venezuela

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On January 27, 2023, it was reported that María Rodríguez, a professor at Metropolitan University, had been temporarily detained by state authorities after meeting with UN officials.

Rodriguez was returning to the Metropolitan University campus after attending a meeting held by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volter Türk with members of civil society organizations, when authorities from the Scientific, Criminal and Criminal Investigation Corps took her into custody. She was released after a few hours. The justification for the detention is not immediately clear from available reporting.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the arbitrary detention of a scholar, apparently in connection with the nonviolent exercise of the right to freedom of expression and association, conduct which is expressly protected under international human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Venezuela is a party. 

Sources:

https://twitter.com/CDHUNIMET/status/1618990927313510400 

https://talcualdigital.com/denuncian-la-detencion-de-la-defensora-de-ddhh-maria-fernanda-rodriguez/ 

https://en.mercopress.com/2023/01/27/venezuelan-human-rights-activist-arrested-after-meeting-with-un-high-commissioner-volker-t-rk

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El 27 de enero de 2023, Mara Rodrguez, profesora de la Universidad Metropolitana, habría sido detenida temporalmente por las autoridades del Estado tras reunirse con funcionarios de la ONU.

Rodrguez regresaba al campus de la Universidad Metropolitana tras asistir a una reunión sostenida por el Alto Comisionado de la ONU para los Derechos Humanos, Volter Trk, con miembros de organizaciones de la sociedad civil, cuando autoridades del Cuerpo de Investigaciones Cientficas, Penales y Criminalísticas se la llevaron detenida. Fue puesta en libertad al cabo de unas horas. La justificación de la detención no está clara a partir de la información disponible.

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Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a member of the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA), and partners with CAFA on Americas-focused monitoring activities. Relevant incidents, with factual details translated into Spanish, appear on both SAR and CAFA websites.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) es una institución que integra la Coalición por la Libertad Académica en las Américas (CLAA). SAR trabaja junto con la CLAA en el monitoreo de situaciones en las Américas. Los incidentes relevantes que reportamos, con descripción de hechos detallados en español, aparecen tanto en los portales de SAR como de la CLAA.