Ros-Lehtinen Urges Secretary General to Address UN’s Anti-Israel Bias, Support People of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua

May 17, 2018

Ros-Lehtinen Urges Secretary General to Address UN’s Anti-Israel Bias, Support People of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua

I urged Antonio to take a stronger stand and be a vocal leader in support of the people of these countries that are simply asking for their God-given human rights”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“While meeting with Secretary General Guterres, I encouraged him to continue making progress on his reform agenda at the UN and to lend his voice on a number of important issues. I asked him to oppose what would undoubtedly be a biased and harmful UN-led inquiry on events on the Israel-Gaza border and to help eradicate the anti-Israel bias that is pervasive throughout the organization.

“I also expressed my grave concern over the human rights crises in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, and the UN’s failure to adequately address them. Following peaceful protests in Nicaragua, more than 60 Nicaraguans, including many young students, have been killed, and many more injured and arrested. The people of Venezuela are demanding real elections that are free, fair and transparent; not the fraudulent excuse that Maduro is setting up. In Cuba, many have mistaken the so-called transition of power for a democratic change of government when, in reality, the Castro regime continues to rule the island with an iron fist. I urged Antonio to take a stronger stand and be a vocal leader in support of the people of these countries that are simply asking for their God-given human rights.”