Rights groups blast sentencing of Venezuelan opposition leader

September 11, 2015 3:34 PM

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Human rights organizations Friday condemned a Venezuelan court’s sentencing of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to more than 13 years in prison for allegedly inciting violence in nationwide protests that left 43 dead in early 2014.

“Today democrats around the world are in mourning for Venezuela,” said Garry Kasparov, the Russian former chess grandmaster who is now the head of the International Council of the Human Rights Foundation. “Lopez’s trial has confirmed that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Venezuelans are curren...

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