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REDACTED Page 157 of 190 condition of all those detained there has changed dramatically.687 The detainees baptized the cells as the tomb because it is a remote place, cold, isolated, where the walls are white cement and furniture.688 He was then relocated to the SEBIN Headquarters. 689 Similarly, Carrero’s sister stated, “I do not understand how the authorities allow my brother to be in such a terrible and inhumane place. He has not been allowed access to his lawyers, not even once during the five months that he has been held there; he only sees them when he is taken to the court. He has lost track of time because they do not let him wear a watch. He has told me that he has hallucinations. The low temperatures he is subjected to throughout the day have caused significant skin abrasion. He does not breathe pure air, only recycled air from the air-conditioning. Sometimes his vision becomes blurred and he has significantly lost weight."690 Human rights NGOs in Venezuela have persistently denounced the use of cells in the SEBIN headquarters (known as “the tomb”) for confining students and dissidents. They argue that the conditions of detention constitute mental or psychological torture.691 On March 2 2015, the IACHR decided to request the adoption of precautionary measures in favor of Gerardo Carrero and other detainee named Lorent Saleh. This resolution demanded the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to adopt the measures necessary to preserve the life and physical integrity of these young students. The IACHR requested the GoV to "provide adequate medical care, according to the conditions of their diseases". In April 2014, a dialogue process was initiated between the GoV and MUD, which 687 EL NACIONAL. (2015) Defensores de DDHH denuncian torturas en la sede del Sebin de Plaza Venezuela. El Nacional. [Online] Plaza-Venezuela_0_556744388.html [Accessed 26 October, 2015] 688 NTN24. (2015) ”The Tomb" white torture center at SEBIN. NTN24. [Online] 27 January. Available from: [Accessed 26 October, 2015]; LA NACION. (2015) Gerardo Carrero’s cell is called The Tomb. La Nación. 20 January. Available from: dicen-la-tumba/ [Accessed 26 October, 2015] 689 EL UNIVERSAL. (2015) Carrero: fresh out of The Tomb. El Universal. [Online] 18 April. Available from [Accessed 26 October, 2015] 690 EL UNIVERSAL. (2015) Carrero: fresh out of The Tomb. El Universal. [Online] 18 April. Available from: [Accessed 26 October, 2015] 691 NTN24. (2014) Foro Penal Venezolano denounced torture against Gerardo Carrero. Youtube. [Online] 9 December. Available from: [Accessed 26 October, 2015]; See also: CANTON, S.A. (2015) Venezuela, brujas y demonios. El Pais. [Online] 30 April. [Accessed 26 October, 2015] On March 22015, the IACHR decided to request the adoption of precautionary

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