1 Testimony of Leopoldo Lopez Venezuelan Freedom Activist, Co-Founder of
4 April 2023
To do so not only condemns the people trapped inside to live in poverty and persecution in perpetuity, but it also makes the world safer for those who seek to replicate the Venezuelan tragedy, and I can say to you that there is no shortage of these people around the world. [...] The issues of human rights, democracy, and freedom are absent from the ESG framework, and we therefore propose the inclusion of the “F” for freedom in the ESG. [...] One of the main challenges we have is to coordinate the efforts of those who are exiled and those who are still in the country. [...] Organizations like the ICC are critical in the prosecution of these crimes, as we have seen in the recent decision by the ICC to issue a warrant for the arrest of Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes. [...] Uniting freedom movements who are committed to fair elections, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and the restoration of democracy is essential in this fight, and the US has an enormous leadership role to play in making this a reality.