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Monday, February 20, 2017

U.S. calls on Venezuela to release more than 100 ‘prisoners of conscience’

The U.S. Department of State on Saturday called on Venezuela to release more than 100 people it considers prisoners of conscience, including former presidential candidate Leopoldo López, who has been in jail for three years. “The United States reiterates its dismay and concern about these arrests, and other actions taken by the Venezuelan government to criminalize dissent and deny its citizens the benefits of democracy,” Mark C. Toner, the deputy department spokesperson said in a statement. “We call for the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience, respect for the rule of law, the freedom of the press, the separation of constitutional powers within the government, and the restoration of a democratic process that reflects the will of the Venezuelan people.” More…


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