Venezuela: The Renew Europe Group calls for an extension of targeted sanctions, including the state-owned oil company
Today MEPs adopted a resolution on the situation in Venezuela, condemning the fierce repression and violence, which have resulted in killings, casualties and torture by the regime. The text reiterates the European Parliament’s deep concern at the severe state of emergency in the country, which is seriously endangering the lives of its citizens. The resolution calls for the immediate extension of the targeted sanctions in place by the EU, which currently target 18 individuals found responsible for human right abuses.
Renew Europe MEP, Dita Charanzová (ANO, Czech Republic), Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for Latin America and negotiator of the resolution on behalf of our political Group, said:
“By adopting this resolution in the first month of the new European Parliament, this house has sent a clear message: we will not tolerate abuses of human rights in Venezuela. The EU must do everything possible to ensure that Maduro seriously commits to dialogue and a peaceful transition to democracy for once and for all. This resolution calls for an extension of the targeted sanctions, and I further call on the Council to study extending sanctions to the state-owned oil company, PDVSA.”
The members of this house reiterated their full support for legitimate interim President Juan Guaidó and for the National Assembly, which is Venezuela’s legitimate democratic body and whose powers need to be restored and respected. The European Parliament also urged the EU and its Member States to join the initiative of several ICC State Parties to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by the de facto Maduro government in order to hold those responsible to account.
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