This February 18, on the first anniversary of his imprisonment, the Popular Party in Congress has introduced a non-legislative proposal to be discussed in Parliament regarding a demand for the immediate release of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo López.
In this sense, the MP of the GPP, Director of International Relations of FAES Foundation and the sponsor of the measure, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, explained that, in particular, the Government is exhorted ‘to take all relevant initiatives–before the international community, the EU, in all international organizations in which Spain has representation and before Nicolás Maduro's own government–for the immediate release of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition leader and leader of Popular Will, Leopoldo López, and of the other prisoners who remain incarcerated in Venezuela, in the context of the protests that took place in February 2014’.
The MP of the PP noted that February 18 ‘marks the first anniversary of Leopoldo López's arrest, who was imprisoned after summoning, along with other leaders of Venezuela's democratic opposition, a peaceful protest in Caracas which led to a violent crackdown in which three people were killed.’
‘Leopoldo López, she added, was charged with these three deaths and other serious crimes and some days later he voluntarily gave himself in and has been in a military prison ever since.’
She also noted that ‘in foreign policy, as in domestic affairs, ethics is efficient: defending democracy in Venezuela is the best way to defend the interests of Spain in the world.’
Álvarez de Toledo also stated that ‘various international bodies have qualified his imprisonment conditions as demeaning and warn that they endanger his physical and mental integrity’ in addition that, to date, ‘no court has been able to substantiate the charges against Leopoldo López.
The GPP’s MP said that non-governmental organizations, the European Parliament, several Latin American governments, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations or the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, have all expressed their opposition to the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader, ‘but so far the government of Venezuela has ignored all claims of freedom for Leopoldo López.’
Finally, Álvarez de Toledo has said that the Government of Nicolás Maduro ignores all these claims for freedom ‘even though the decisions and opinions of the UN are based on the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, instruments which should be applied preferentially.’