US Senate adopts resolution against the government of Venezuela

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution expressing "profound concern" about the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and calling for the immediate release of political prisoners and for the respect for democracy and the constitution.

The resolution adopted Tuesday also urges the Organization of American States to adopt additional measures to deal with the crisis in Venezuela, which is suffering through recession, skyrocketing inflation and shortages of food and medicine.

“The longer President Maduro and his government remain intransigent in their backward, law-breaking positions, the longer the Venezuelan people will suffer,” said Senator Ben Cardin.

“Our resolution sends a clear signal to Mr. Maduro that he must urgently allow for international humanitarian relief to protect and save Venezuelan lives. We also call on the Venezuelan government to take overdue steps to address corruption and criminality, ensure human rights, free political prisoners, and restore respect for its own Constitution,” he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump and opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have called for the release of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and others prisoners.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro announced earlier this month he would update a report that was used to accuse Venezuela of violating the OAS's Democratic Charter last year.