Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Cook, Sires Call for Release of Political Prisoners in Nicaragua and Venezuela

Oct 17, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement on recent events involving political prisoners in Nicaragua and Venezuela:

Chairman Cook and Ranking Member Sires: “We are deeply troubled by continued oppression by the Nicaraguan and Venezuelan regimes against peaceful demonstrators. Arbitrary detention, disappearances, and torture tactics routinely used by the Castro regime in Cuba are also happening at alarming rates in Nicaragua and Venezuela. This past weekend, Nicaraguan National Police beat and arrested at least 26 demonstrators who were peacefully calling for the Ortega-Murillo regime to step down. In Venezuela, the Maduro regime is holding at least 250 political prisoners, including opposition deputy Juan Requesens, and opposition activist Fernando Albán was murdered by Maduro’s henchmen in the SEBIN. We vehemently condemn these actions and call for Nicaraguan and Venezuelan regimes to cease all arbitrary arrests, acts of violence, and torture against dissenting voices, immediately release all political prisoners, and restore democracy through free and fair elections.”