Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents were reportedly harassed this week by officials from their authoritarian governments while participating in a panel at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, according to a watchdog group.
A Venezuela sanctions bill that will be debated on the House floor on Wednesday is applying more pressure on the Obama administration to take action in the crisis that will soon enter its fourth month, observers say.
Venezuelan opposition leaders have decided to suspend talks with President Nicolas Maduro aimed at ending the ongoing unrest in the country, prompting some U.S. lawmakers to renew their calls for sanctions against the government.
Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is said to be standing in the way of a bipartisan bill aimed at sanctioning human rights abusers in Venezuela, where anti-government protesters have come under violent attack by supporters of its Socialist government.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is raising concerns about Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s efforts to undermine democracy and the rule of law in the Central American country.
Venezuelan troops escalated their repression of protesters over the weekend as U.S. lawmakers continued to call for sanctions against government officials.
U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged officials in El Salvador to uphold the integrity of votes in the country’s closely contested presidential election.
Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
A leading House lawmaker is calling on President Obama to publicly release the full text of the recently signed Iran nuclear deal, which is currently being held under lock and key in a secure compound on Capitol Hill.
The full text of the recently inked Iranian nuclear deal is being kept in “a super secret location” shrouded in “a cone of silence,” according to House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) member Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.)