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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Coffman Statement on Venezuela

May 10, 2017
Press Release

Aurora, CO— U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-6), has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, urging for a number of actions, including a request to enact further sanctions, against corrupt Venezuela government officials and those supporting the repressive regime of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro. The letter highlights ongoing human rights violations by Venezuelan security forces against their own people and makes mention of the ongoing clashes between peaceful protesters and the regimes security forces.

Letter excerpt:

Venezuelan economy is in shambles and public order and the rule of law is rapidly evaporating. President Nicolas Maduro is using the nation’s security forces and police to suppress massive and largely peaceful protests. Recent reports tell us that up to 37 people so far have been killed during these protests, while hundreds more have been seriously injured.  Critical shortages of food, medicine and basic essentials are becoming ever more critical with many Venezuelan citizens teetering on the edge of starvation. In the meantime, the nation’s financial system is verging on collapse with a rapidly rising rate of inflation destroying the savings of millions. This, ironically, is all occurring in a nation who possesses substantial natural resources and a well-educated populace. Venezuelans are presently enduring these hardships due to a government that has nationalized virtually every sector of the economy, imposed price controls and grossly mismanaged every aspect of the country….. Accordingly, I also ask that your Department of State seriously consider the implementation of targeted sanctions not only against individuals in the Venezuelan government responsible for the continuing egregious violations of the human rights of Venezuelan citizens, but also to those officials, people and corporations, wherever they reside, who continue to profit from and prop up this repressive regime”.  

To see a full copy of the letter click HERE. A copy of the letter was also sent to the White House and Treasury Department.