September 24, 2014

President Obama: Leopoldo López Deserves to be free

In a speech yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama called for Leopoldo López's release, listing him first among six prisoners of conscience that he said must be freed:

"From Russia to China to Venezuela, you are seeing relentless crackdowns, vilifying legitimate dissent as subversive...We stand in solidarity with those who are detained at this very moment. In Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez; in Burundi, Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa; in Egypt, Ahmed Maher; in China, Liu Xiaobo; and now Ilham Tohti; in Vietnam, Father Ly. And so many others. They deserve to be free. They ought to be released."

- President Barack Obama
September 23, 2014