Venezuela

The information relating to domestic torture laws has been adapted from the Compilation of Torture Laws tool available on the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) website, available here.

Date of ratification UNCAT: 29 July 1991

Relevant Laws

• National Constitution of 1999, 20 December 1999
• Penal Code of 2000, 26 July 2000, amended in 2005
• Criminal Procedure Code – G.O. 38.536, 29 August 2006

Relevant Articles

• Prohibition of Torture:
o Article 46 of the Constitution
o Articles 117 and 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code

• Definition of Torture:
o Article 46 of the Constitution

• Penalties:
o Article 46 of the Constitution
o Articles 181 and 182 of the Penal Code

Others:
• Defences:
o Article 337 of the Constitution
• Exclusion of Evidence:
o Article 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code

* Information compiled December 2008

Country file can be accessed via APT website here.