U.S. Must Immediately Impose More Robust Sanctions Against the Maduro Regime
WASHINGTON— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the U.S.State Department announced visa restrictions against 24 Maduro regime operatives who are responsible for human rights abuses and violations.
“Today's announcement by the U.S. State Department is an insufficient answer to the serious problems in Venezuela. In the face of the Maduro regime’s ongoing egregious human rights violations, eroding democracy and the rule of law, the Obama Administration responds with a weak slap on the wrist more than a year after the world witnessed an increase in these abuses. These weak actions today will do little to change the regime’s affinity for attacking peaceful civilians, launching bogus criminal charges on pro-democracy opposition leaders, and using live ammunition and torture of arrested protestors.
“Instead, the Administration should immediately and publicly name and shame these perpetrators, freeze their assets, and revoke the visas of their family members, many of whom travel to the United States frequently to enjoy their lavish homes, yachts, and cars. Instead of continuing to pander to Maduro and his cronies, President Obama and his administration must issue sanctions that will have a real impact to diminish the regime. I urge the Senate to consider H.R. 4587, the Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act, that was passed over two months ago in the House. The passage and implementation of this bill would show that the President and the Senate join the House of Representatives in its solidarity with the Venezuelan people as they struggle to regain democracy and freedom.”