Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Venezuela: Update--Sen. Rubio Names Officials to Be Sanctioned for Human Rights Violations

According to The Latin American Tribune, US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued for the need to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for the grotesque human rights violations occurring in the midst of Venezuela’s ongoing political crisis during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on his bill. Rubio has released the names of 27 people he believes are candidates for these sanctions. See below.

Rubio is an original sponsor of the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, which authorizes sanctions on people involved in serious human rights violations against peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela.

“We are calling on identifying human rights violators in Venezuela, naming them by name, and sanctioning them for what they’ve done. And I just don’t understand how we can sit here and say that the time isn’t right to do that. I don’t understand how we can say we should wait for some point in the future, when the timing might be right to do that,” Rubio said.

“The future of Venezuela belongs to the people of Venezuela. They must determine the direction of that country, and what sort of system of government and economics they want. But what we also want them to understand is that the US will not stand by and idly watch as the rights of people, with whom we share this hemisphere, are systematically violated by an anti-American government – to top it all off – and ignore their plight,” said Rubio.

COMMENT: Senator also said: “Obama Administration officials suggest that the time is not right for implementing sanctions on the individuals responsible for human rights abuses in Venezuela because of supposed concerns expressed by opposition leaders. 

Now that the main Venezuelan opposition group has made clear that is not the case and it, in fact, endorses individual sanctions like those in our legislation, this is a boost to our cause to hold the Maduro regime accountable by imposing sanctions," said Rubio.