Ros-Lehtinen Letter Requesting Revocation of Roy Chaderton's Visa

Mar 12, 2015


The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520


Dear Secretary Kerry:

We are writing to condemn the recent statements by Venezuela’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton, and request for the Department of State to revoke his visa immediately.

This week, Chaderton stated that “There comes a time when an opposition supporter’s head can’t be differentiated from a government supporter’s head except for its contents… The sound produced (by a bullet) in an opposition supporter head is like a click because the skull is empty”.  This sort of inflammatory statement only serves to incite violence, legitimize human right abuses, and makes light of Maduro’s deadly use of force against opposition protesters. The evident disdain in which the Maduro regime continues to treat democratic rights in Venezuela is illustrated by the regime’s campaign to dehumanize opponents and criminalize dissent.

After Congress passed the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, President Obama implemented the law by issuing an Executive Order this week to sanction seven Maduro regime officials for their roles in perpetrating human rights violations against the Venezuelan people. The United States must continue to set the example and show that there is no place in the U.S. for these kinds of abuses or for those who condone or make light of the deadly use of force against those who disagree with their government. Therefore, it would be appropriate, and keeping in line with our moral duty to support basic and fundamental rights of all peoples, to deny Ambassador Chaderton from entering the U.S., within all applicable law, rules and regulations, and ensure that he is made accountable for his reprehensible and vile conduct.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.