Tintori said, “To Nicolás Maduro: Leopoldo López, since 2 in the afternoon on Friday, has been isolated and we have no information on Leopoldo, it’s been 120 hours without information. They won’t allow family members to enter, they won’t allow the lawyers to enter, and they won’t allow me to enter; we demand proof of life for Leopoldo because at this time he is being held and is a hostage of the Republic. Proof of life where Leopoldo’s voice can be heard and his face can be seen. Only with this will we know whether Leopoldo is okay.”
On September 27, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution urging for the Venezuelan government to release their political prisoners, including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez ’93, as well as calling upon the government to honor the constitutional process of the likely recall referendum which could oust President Maduro.
This past Tuesday, the opposition-led National Assembly of Venezuela passed an amnesty law that would free over seventy political prisoners, including Leopoldo Lopez ’93. While President Maduro has the ability to veto, the assembly can override the veto with an absolute majority of lawmakers present. However, Maduro could also send the law to the Supreme Court, an institution supposedly full of his loyalists. Continue reading
Two days ago Leopoldo Lopez ’93 released an OpEd urging for further democracy in Venezuela, stating
An election cannot be considered free or fair if opposition leaders are imprisoned or banned from seeking office. Additionally, the government has refused to allow qualified electoral observation from the Organization of American States and the European Union. What more are they trying to hide from the international community?
[Update 9:40p.m.]: The Lopez family’s request for the International Red Cross to visit and assess the health of Leopoldo Lopez ’93 and his fellow hunger strikers remains pending. The family encourages the signing and sharing of this petition in hopes that Leo and the others may receive the proper care needed to recover from the aftereffects of the hunger strike.
With the Venezuelan government’s announcement of its decision to hold parliamentary elections, Leopoldo Lopez ’93 has ended his 30 day hunger strike. In a message to the Venezuelan people released earlier this week, Lopez writes, Continue reading
Adriana López Vermut, sister of Leopoldo López ’93, has created a Change.org petition asking the General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations to intercede, and allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the prison where López is being held.
Leopoldo López has been a prisoner in Venezuela since February 2014, and has been on a hunger strike since May 22, 2015. Begun by López and fellow political prisoner Daniel Ceballos, former mayor of San Cristóbal, the hunger strike now includes more than thirty-four individuals. López Vermut is concerned for their health and well-being, and says the Venezuelan Government has ignored her efforts to reach out. She also states in an email circulated to the Kenyon student body by Professor of Sociology George McCarthy that she hopes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will enter the prison where López and the other political prisoners are kept to make sure that their treatment is humane.
To see and sign the petition in English, click here.
For the petition in Spanish, click here.