Greens, communists, nationalists vote against strong EU criticism of the Venezuelan government

A majority of EU parliamentarians voted a resolution asking Venezuelan authorities to immediately release all peaceful protesters, students and opposition leaders arbitrarily detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression and fundamental rights.

The text voted states that Venezuelan government must also create an environment in which human rights defenders and independent non-governmental organisations can do their legitimate work of promoting human rights and democracy and ensuring the security of all citizens, regardless of their political views and affiliations. MEPs voting in favour of the declaration were of the opinion that the opposition has suffered arbitrary detentions and attacks in an election year, which could cast doubt on the legitimacy of the electoral process. Continue Reading