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Rubio: Administration’s Visa Sanctions On Maduro Regime A Welcome First Step, But More Needed

Jul 30, 2014 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican sponsor of the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, today welcomed the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will impose travel-related visa bans on Maduro regime officials involved in serious human rights violations against peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela. The announcement comes on the heels of Rubio’s recent calls to action on July 9 and July 24, urging the President to impose visa sanctions and asset freezes on the Maduro regime.

“The U.S. government should use every tool at our disposal to hold the Maduro regime accountable for its human rights violations,” said Rubio. “The Obama Administration has taken an important first step by announcing visa bans that would restrict the travel of human rights violators and their families to the U.S. This action should be followed up with asset freezes as well.

“The House has passed a Venezuela bill, and the sanctions bill I’ve introduced with Senators Menendez and Nelson remains the most comprehensive plan that exists in the Senate to punish human rights violators and support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people,” added Rubio. “I’m pleased the administration has heeded my calls to take initial action. I hope the Senate soon passes legislation that deals with the situation in Venezuela in a more complete manner, and I will continue pressing the administration to do more.”

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in May, Rubio listed at least 23 Maduro regime officials that the Obama Administration should target for sanctions due to their involvement in human rights abuses against the Venezuelan people.