March 11, 2014

Kaine Cosponsors Resolution Condemning Violence In Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised committee approval of Senate Resolution 365, “deploring the violent repression of peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela, calling for full accountability for human rights violations taking place in Venezuela, and supporting the right of the Venezuelan people to the free and peaceful exercise of representative democracy.”  Senator Kaine, a cosponsor of the resolution, released the following statement on its approval:

“Senate Resolution 365 expresses grave concern about the violent reaction by the government of Venezuela to peaceful demonstrators, many of them students. The protesters have legitimate grievances: Venezuelans are facing shortages of basic products and over 50% inflation, as well as one of the world’s worst homicide rates.  The way to address those concerns is to improve economic and security policies – not to use excessive force in violation of Venezuelans’ basic human rights. The people of Venezuela should know that Members of the United States Senate stand with them when seeking protection of their basic freedoms of speech and assembly.” 

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