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In response to a judge in Caracas sentencing the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López to more than 13 years in prison for his role in an anti-government protest, Freedom House issued the following statement

Venezuelan government has implemented forced deportations of more than 1,000 people living along the Colombian border. 

 The Organization of American States, the UNASUR,  and the governments of Latin American region should immediately press Venezuela to release prisoners in custody on politicized charges. 

The prison transfer of political prisoner Daniel Ceballos shows a stunning disregard by the Venezuelan government for safety and basic rights.


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