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Foro Penal

Caracas, Venezuela
Joined November 2017

Foro Penal works nationwide in Venezuela and their activities include legal assistance to victims of arbitrary detentions and other human right violations.

Presence in: Venezuela
Focus: Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services

Foro Penal, is a non-profit NGO formed by 160 lawyers nationwide, including a group of more than 4000 human rights activists who actively promote human rights. Foro Penal assist victims of human rights violations and government repression by representing them at the criminal court, and filing their cases to diverse international organizations, with an effective record of over 15 years providing legal assistance and support to families and victims.
Over the past years Venezuelan’s government has been using the justice system as a weapon of political repression, in consequence Foro Penal have been registering multiple detentions arising out of demonstrations against the government.
One of Foro Penal’s big achievement is being able to register every person who is arrested. To have this data base could not have being acquired without Mr. Himiob and volunteers work.
More than 11900 persons have been arrested since February 2014, with the largest number of detainees being students.

People Associated With This Organization

Alfredo Romero

Foro Penal
Joined November 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services
Lawyer, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, MA, Georgetown University; LLM,
London School of Economics. Legal adviser to various companies and individuals on
public and constitutional law and litigation. Partner, Himiob Romero Law Firm. Executive
Director of Foro Penal (FP), winner of the 2014 Department of State Human Rights
Defender Award, Human Rights Award of the Embassy of Canada in Caracas and 2015
fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. I have been registering cases and filing actions for violations of human rights at the Inter American
Commission for Human Rights (OAS) and the United Nations Human Rights entities
such as Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Committee Against Torture.
Professor of Public Law at "Universidad Central de Venezuela". Member of the Global
Agenda Council on Justice of the World Economic Forum. More recently awarded with
2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
Alfredo Romero is the network champion (main point of contact) for Foro Penal.

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