Ana Leonor Acosta Merida is a Venezuelan lawyer, activist and human rights defender. Since 2014, she has been defending political prisoners in her country, as well as representing opposition political leaders and student leaders. She has defended in national and international forums several victims of repression who have been disappeared, arbitrarily detained and tortured. Ana Leonor has also campaigned on several occasions for the release of political prisoners in her country. She founded the Coalition for Human Rights and Democracy (CDHD), a civil society organization that denounces cases of persecution. The laureate has also fought in the past against the lack of guarantees in the Venezuelan judicial system.
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