Ros-Lehtinen Bill to Support Democracy in Venezuela and Sanction Maduro Regime Officials Responsible for Human Rights Abuses Set to Clear First Legislative Hurdle Friday, May 9

May 7, 2014

Ros-Lehtinen Bill to Support Democracy in Venezuela and Sanction Maduro Regime Officials Responsible for Human Rights Abuses Set to Clear First Legislative Hurdle Friday, May 9

"While the Administration has acted to punish Putin’s human rights abusers in Russia through sanctions, it has yet to take any action against Maduro’s thugs who stomp on the Venezuelan people with impunity”

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the Foreign Affairs Committee’s scheduled markup of H.R. 4587 – the Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act, which seeks to hold violators of human rights of the Maduro regime accountable. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I thank Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, Chairman Salmon, and Ranking Member Sires for working together with me to reach a compromise seeking to move Venezuelan sanctions legislation through the Foreign Affairs Committee. This important bill sends the message that the U.S. will not remain silent and idle while the Maduro regime grossly violates the rights and dignity of the Venezuelan people. While the Administration has acted to punish Putin’s human rights abusers in Russia through sanctions, it has yet to take any action against Maduro’s thugs who stomp on the Venezuelan people with impunity. Congress will once again lead the way and demonstrate that human rights matter in our Hemisphere too.”  

H.R. 4587, Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act is important legislation that:

  • Denies visas to enter the United States, blocks property, freezes assets, and prohibits financial transactions to members of the Venezuelan regime who are responsible for the commission of serious human rights abuses against the citizens of Venezuela;

·         Denies visas to enter the United States, blocks property, freezes assets and prohibits financial transactions to members of the Venezuelan regime who have engaged in censorship against individuals or media outlets disseminating information in relation to protests in Venezuela;

  • Calls on the President to transmit to Congress a strategy to promote internet freedom, access to information, and to encourage Venezuela to abide by the Principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter; and
  • Directs the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States at the OAS to defend and protect the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and strengthen the independent Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to advance the protection of human rights throughout the Western Hemisphere.

NOTE: This new bill, the Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act, is a revised version of H.R. 4229 - the Venezuelan Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, which Rep. Ros-Lehtinen also introduced on March 13, 2014.

 

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