Lilian Tintori Demands Maduro Regime Provide Proof of Life for Leopoldo López

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Leopoldo López, leader and prisoner of conscience, has been in isolation for over 120 hours. The Kenyon alum’s wife, Lilian Tintori, demanded the regime of Nicolàs Maduro provide proof of life, after the authorities of Ramo Verde denied entry of lawyers and family members to López’s military prison for the fifth consecutive day.

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.”

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Resolution Passed Calling for Release of Political Prisoners, Leopoldo Lopez

An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads, "Maduro, resigns", during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas

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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.

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Law Passed to Free Political Prisoners, Leopoldo Lopez

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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

New Leopoldo Lopez OpEd Released

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, dressed in white and holding up a flower stem, is taken into custody by Bolivarian National Guards, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014. Lopez re-emerged from days of hiding to address an anti-government demonstration and then he turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. Speaking to some 5,000 supporters with a megaphone, Lopez said that he doesn't fear going to jail to defend his beliefs and constitutional right to peacefully protest against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

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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?

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Leopoldo Lopez ’93 Sentenced to 13 Years and 9 Months in Prison

“Today they condemn me. But it is the regime that is condemned. For the people of Venezuela will set me free.” Via the BBC

Yesterday, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez ’93 was sentenced to serve 13 years and 9 months in prison for charges of conspiracy, incitement to commit crimes, arson, and damage to public property. He has been confined to a military prison since February. Lopez’s lawyer, Jared Genser, reacted, Continue reading