Activists call for UN to monitor treatment of jailed Venezuelan editor

The non-governmental organization Foro Penal Venezolano wrote a letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting the United Nations organization send an observer to Venezuela to monitor the case of jailed editor Leocenis García, the newspaper El Universal reported.

The editor of the satirical magazine 6to Poder was accused of instigating hate and publicly offending women after publishing a photo montage portraying high-ranking female government officials as cabaret dancers on the magazine's cover on Aug. 21. García has been under arrest since he turned himself into authorities on Aug. 30.

"We requested someone to oversee the case against Leocenis, where he's being held and his health," the organization's lawyer Alfredo Romero told El Universal.

The Venezuelan Attorney General of the Republic called four other 6to Poder journalists to testify as part of the investigation into García's alleged crimes, noted El Nacional.

Organizations like Reporters Without Borders have already asked for the journalist's immediate release.