WASHINGTON, August 4, 2017 — In light of the unfolding constitutional crisis in Venezuela, the American Bar Association is seriously concerned about the reported arrest and detention of opposition leaders and peaceful protestors, as well as the violence and unrest during Sunday’s elections.
An independent judiciary, free participation in the political process and a stable constitution are vital to maintaining the rule of law. The ABA continues to monitor these events, and urges the government and people of Venezuela, as they seek to resolve this crisis, to adhere to rule of law principles, including the independence of the legal profession and international human rights law.
(Media contact: Matt Cimento at Matt.Cimento@americanbar.org)
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