Washington, D.C. – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced a hearing for Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. EDT to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela and the Maduro regime’s violent repression of peaceful demonstrations. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will testify on the first panel. The second panel will consist of Moises Naím, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division; and Patrick Duddy, a former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a committee member, today welcomed this announcement. Rubio is an original sponsor of the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, which authorizes sanctions on people involved in serious human rights violations against peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela.
“The political crisis in Venezuela deserves more attention, and I’m pleased the Senate will focus on it next week,” said Rubio. “It is equally important for the United States to take action against individuals ordering or committing human rights violations in Venezuela, and I hope the Senate will soon adopt through the sanctions legislation I and others have introduced.
“Next week’s hearing is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Nicolás Maduro regime’s oppression and failures, along with the human toll it has had on the Venezuelan people,” added Rubio. “I thank Chairman Bob Menendez and Ranking Member Bob Corker for scheduling this important hearing.”