United States President Barack Obama yesterday signed into law a bipartisan bill approved by the Congress imposing asset freezes and travel restrictions on individual officials of the Venezuelan dictatorship who were responsible for abusing human rights in its recent crackdown on political dissent, such as suppressing peaceful anti-government protests and making political prisoners of opposition figures for exercising their freedom to engage in legitimate political activity.
I have posted several times over the years to call attention to the lack of liberty in
support of terrorism and its hostile foreign policy. The additional sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela’s regime are helpful, but
more must be done for freedom. I again
call for the designation of Venezuela’s
dictatorship as a state sponsor of terrorism and for further measures to
promote liberty and representative government for the Venezuelan people.