Leading Venezuelan Activist, Leopoldo Lopez, to Testify Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Lopez: Illegal Disqualification of Popular Candidates Will Harm Prospects for Latin American Democracy

WASHINGTON--()--Leopoldo Lopez, the popular former candidate for Mayor of Caracas, and a leading political activist in Venezuela, will testify on March 24 at a Washington, DC hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

In the 2008 national elections, Lopez was heavily favored to win election as Mayor of Caracas, the 2nd most important elected office in Venezuela. In national polls, he was viewed as a popular alternative to the ruling party.

However, the Venezuelan Comptroller General banned Lopez - along with 272 other popular individuals - from running for elected office. According to Lopez, these arbitrary disqualifications took place without due process or Court orders, in direct violation of the Human Rights treatises signed by Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

This public hearing is of great importance to the 272 politically disqualified Venezuelans whose inalienable rights have been violated.

   
WHAT: Testimony of Leopoldo Lopez before the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
 
WHEN: Tuesday, March 24, 12:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Organization of American States, General Secretariat Building, 1889 F St., NW, 8th Floor
 

To schedule an interview with Leopoldo Lopez either before or after the hearing, please contact Astrid Redmond at (917) 621-5850 or akredmond@gmail.com.

RedesPopulares is a political organization that uses social leadership to develop public policies that address the key concerns of the Venezuelan people

Contacts

On behalf of RedesPopulares:
Astrid Redmond, 917-621-5850

Contacts

On behalf of RedesPopulares:
Astrid Redmond, 917-621-5850