In light of the Venezuelan government’s continued imprisonment of Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos, and other political leaders, and the recently announced criminal charges against former legislator Maria Corina Machado, Freedom House issued the following statement.
President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.
The Colombian government’s decision to hand over two activists to the Venezuelan authorities, despite the clear threat posed to their safety, marks a blatant violation of Colombia’s commitments under Article 22.8 of the American Convention on Human Rights.