Following the suspicious death of Venezuelan opposition politician Fernando Albán on 8 October, the Chairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Human Rights stated:
“We are shocked about the fact that Fernando Albán, Venezuelan opposition politician and municipal councilor in Caracas, was found dead on Monday on the premises of SEBIN, the Venezuelan political police. We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Fernando Albán had participated in a delegation to New York where he denounced human rights‘ abuses and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the regime of President Maduro. He had been detained since returning to Caracas on Friday for his alleged involvement in a drone attack against President Maduro”. “This development is of great concern to the European Parliament and presents another attack on the Venezuelan democratic opposition, including on political prisoners who were awarded the Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2017. We remind the Venezuelan authorities that they are responsible for the well-being of the detainees. We also strongly support the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Omar Barboza, who has announced that the assembly will conduct an independent investigation into the government to clarify the facts surrounding this tragic event, including summoning an international team of independent experts to carry out the autopsy”.
“Therefore, we urge the Venezuelan authorities to immediately release all information regarding the circumstances surrounding Fernando Albán’s death, and hold those responsible for such a crime accountable. We reiterate our strong support for the Venezuelan democratic opposition in its hard fight to restore democratic order in the country”.
The statement was issued by the Chairs of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), Mr. David McAllister (EPP, DE), and Subcommittee on Human Rights, Mr. Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT).
The same statement in Spanish can be found here.