Information on the names of government and non-government bodies that investigated the November 1992 Catia prison riot and on any reports that abuses were committed against individuals providing information on the riot [VEN26124.E]

The government and non-government bodies that investigated the Catia prison riot include the following organizations: Amnesty International, the Venezuelan Human Rights Education and Action Program (PROVEA), Human Right Watch and the Committee of Family Members of the Victims of the Unrest (COFAVIC) (AI Nov. 1993, 16; Andean Newsletter Dec. 1992; HRW 1994, 132; Country Reports 1995 1996, 540).

For information on abuses against any individuals providing information regarding the Catia prison riot, please consult Response to Information Request VEN24755.E of 20 September 1996 and VEN25376.E of 30 January 1997.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Amnesty International. 10 November 1993. "Venezuela: The Eclipse of Human Rights." (AI Index: AMR 53/07/93). London: Amnesty International.

Andean Newsletter [Lima]. December 21 1992. No. 73. "Venezuela: The Coup and Its Consequences."

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1995. 1996. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

Human Rights Watch (HRW). 1993. Human Rights Watch World Report 1994. New York: Human Rights Watch.

Additional Sources Consulted

Andean Newsletter. 1993-1997.

DIRB Country File. 1992-1997.

Critique: Review of the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 1993. June 1994.

Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992.

The Europa World Year Book 1996. 1996.

Keesing's Record on World Events [Cambridge]. 1992-1993.
Programa Venezolano de Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (PROVEA). November 1993.

Situación de los derechos humanos en Venezuela: Informe anual septiembre 1992-octubre 1993.

On-line search of news articles. (NEXIS)