United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
February 18, 2014
Att: Emilio Álvarez Icaza
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Organization of American States
1889 F Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20006
United States of America
Dear Secretary Álvarez Icaza:
I am requesting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conduct an investigation into the Venezuelan government’s crackdown on protesters who are opposed to continual crime, corruption and censorship – remnants of the Hugo Chavez era.
Last week, three people died during a protest there. The government continues to detain or arrest activists and journalists, and it has issued arrest warrants for opposition leaders.
Given the deteriorating situation, I urge the Commission not only to fully investigate these human rights abuses, but also to promptly respond to any individual petitions brought to you by Venezuelan citizens.
Thank you for your consideration of this request, and I greatly look forward to your response. Please keep my office apprised of any developments.