European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela

Bruxelles, 24/02/2015 - 14:09, UNIQUE ID: 150224_01
Statements by the Spokesperson

The recent arrest and detention of Caracas Mayor and veteran opposition leader Antonio Ledezma is a source of alarm, as are reports of alleged intimidation and mistreatment of other imprisoned opposition leaders and students who participated in last year's protests.

It is incumbent on the Venezuelan authorities to ensure that accusations are investigated swiftly and impartially in full respect of the principle of presumption of innocence and due legal process.

In a year when legislative elections are due to take place in Venezuela, it is essential that freedom of expression and fundamental rights are not only respected, but seen to be respected.

In line with calls by regional organisations, the EU appeals to the government to work with all political parties and civil society to overcome the difficult situation in the country and meet the legitimate concerns of the people of Venezuela.

In this context we welcome initiatives by UNASUR and Venezuela’s regional partners to support mediation in the country.

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