The Secretary General of the OAS was asked to tighten sanctions against Venezuela

© AFP 2017 / Juan BarretoСотрудники law enforcement detain protectoseal of Venezuela Caracas. Archival photoThe Secretary General of the OAS was asked to tighten sanctions against Venezuela© 2017 AFP / Juan Barreto

The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro asked on Tuesday to tighten sanctions against Venezuela following the arrest of two opposition leaders.

Last night in Caracas was detained by opposition leaders Leopoldo lópez and Antonio ledezma and taken to jail from their homes. The Supreme court stated that they did not comply with the conditions of stay under house arrest and had prepared an escape, therefore, was again sent to prison.

«If there is increased repression and further human rights violations, action by the international community and sanctions have to be tougher,» — said in a statement, Almagro.

According to the Secretary General of the OAS, the arrests of opposition were conducted without any guarantees of performance of legal norms and violated the rights of both opposition leaders and members of their families. «There is no legal basis that would justify the detention of Lopez and Ledesma,» said Almagro.

The head of the OAS launched a flash appeal to UN, EU and Vatican, so they continued to take steps aimed at protecting democracy and human rights in Venezuela. In addition, Almagro considers necessary the inclusion of Lopez and Ledesma in a dialogue with the authorities, with the participation of the Venezuelan Episcopal conference.

On Sunday in Venezuela were caused protests of the opposition and the international community elections in a specially created legislative authority, the national constituent Assembly (NUSA). It should prepare amendments to the Constitution and system of governance.

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