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Freedom for Leopoldo: The U.S. and Political Prisoners in the Americas

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Leopoldo López, a Venezuelan political leader, has been in jail since February 18, 2014. The problem is that he shouldn't be. The inability to free him is a sad testimony of the state of democracy in several countries in the Americas.

The case of Venezuelan political leader Leopoldo López, in jail without a sentence since February 18, 2014, seems so clear, that the inability to secure his release, is a testimony of the sad state of democracy in several countries in the Americas. The neglect and the silent complicity of many is troublesome. It is time to make a big push for the release of Leopoldo López and other political prisoners in Venezuela.

International organizations from left, right and center have called for López's immediate release. Even in the United Nations, an unlikely actor given that it recently accepted Venezuela as a member of its Security Council, chimed in: its “Working Group on Arbitrary Detention” determined that López's detention was arbitrary and he should be let go. Amnesty International also called for Venezuela to comply with the U.N. recommendation.

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