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Home News Organizing Updates US Citizens and NGOs Join World Leaders in Call for President Obama to Retract Executive Order Against Venezuela
US Citizens and NGOs Join World Leaders in Call for President Obama to Retract Executive Order Against Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 April 2015 15:34

In an Open Letter addressed to President Barack Obama, over 119 U.S. academics, activists and NGOs called on their head of state to rescind his Executive Order declaring Venezuela "an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. national security". On March 9, 2015, President Obama invoked his executive powers to decree a national emergency based on the alleged "threat" represented by Venezuela. The Executive Order also imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials with potentially far-reaching consequences.

Read the Open Letter to President Obama: click here to download the pdf


U.S. citizens and NGOs are joined by leaders from over 138 countries and prestigious multilateral organizations worldwide in their demand for President Obama to rescind his measures against Venezuela. Latin American and Caribbean nations have unanimously rejected President Obama's Executive Order against Venezuela and have firmly called for its reversal. A powerful statement issued March 26, 2015 from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) which represents all 33 countries in the region, expressed "its rejection of the Executive Order issued by the Government of the United States of America on March 9, 2015," considering "that this Executive Order should be reversed.

The United Nations G77+China group, which represents 134 countries, also issued a firm statement opposing President Obama's Executive Order against Venezuela. "The Group of 77+China deplores these measures and reiterates its firm commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela...The G77+China calls on the Government of the United States to evaluate and put into practice alternatives of dialogue with the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, under principles of respect for sovereignty and self-determination. As such, we urge that the Executive Order be abolished."

In addition, regional organizations -- such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) representing 12 South American states, the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) representing 11 Latin American and Caribbean nations, and the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) -- issued powerful condemnations of President Obama's measures against Venezuela. One hundred British parliamentarians have also repudiated the Executive Order and called on the U.S. government to rescind its actions against Venezuela.

More than 6 million people have signed a petition in Venezuela and online calling on President Obama to retract his Executive Order of March 9, 2015 and to cease interference in Venezuelan affairs. Even prominent members of the Venezuelan opposition have rejected Obama's designation of Venezuela as a threat to U.S. national security.

In a letter to the U.S. president by Venezuela's Lara State Governor Henry Falcon, known for his anti-government position, he writes, "Let me express to you clearly that Venezuela can't be considered a threat to any other nation on the planet. We have serious internal problems but we will solve them between Venezuelans."

This overwhelming international support for Venezuela comes just days before Latin American leaders will meet with President Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City on April 9-10. While originally the summit was staged to be a historical event where Cuba would reunite with the organization after its forced exclusion by the U.S. over 50 years ago, now the forum will be overshadowed by Obama's latest move against Venezuela.

Heads of state from the region have made clear that they will not stand for U.S. government aggression against one of their neighbors. Bolivian President Evo Morales warned, "These undemocratic actions of President Barack Obama threaten the peace and security of all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean." Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa scoffed, "It must be a bad joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our region, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by the U.S....Will they understand Latin America has changed?"

Despite being the aggrieved party, President Maduro has repeatedly expressed his desire for "respectful dialogue on equal terms" with the Obama administration and has requested Ecuador, as chair of CELAC, play a key role in mediating these efforts. The upcoming Summit of the Americas may just provide the type of environment that could enable such a dialogue.

In this letter to President Obama, U.S. citizens and NGOs encourage their head of state to improve regional relations and show "our Latin America neighbors that the U.S. can relate to them in peace and with respect for their sovereignty.

Click here to download a pdf of the open letter to President Obama

 

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